Sunday, July 5, 2009
The Brethren - John Grisham
No vacation is complete without a trashy legal thriller. And no one is better at satisfying this need for me than John Grisham. In The Brethren, Grisham brings together three ex-judges in a federal prison. As they run a mock court to settle the disputes of their fellow inmates, the Brethren are also running a lucrative blackmail scam on the outside, with the help of a deadbeat lawyer. Meanwhile, a Washington insider is committed to electing his chosen boy the next President of the United States. When politics collide with the Brethren, the deals and schemes take twists and turns, and people find themselves running from the very law they thought was supposed to protect them. While not a traditional whoddunit type of mystery, this is still standard Grisham. In the end, there didn't seem to be much justice for the wrong-doers which was a bit unsatisfying, and unlike Hannibal Lecter like villains, the bad guys weren't endearing enough to make me root for their eventual escape and freedom. Nonetheless it was enjoying while it lasted, and it continues to amaze me that no matter how many Grisham books I seem to read, there are always one or two left on the shelves. He's definitely the gift that keeps on giving.