With fast-paced action both in and outside the courtroom, this book shows a return of John Grisham to the kind of book that made him famous and draws readers to his novels. Mark, Todd and Zola are law students in a school that doesn’t really prepare them to take the bar exam, but it has resulted in hundreds of thousands of debt for each of them. After their best friend Gordy commits suicide, the three remaining friends set out to use what they have learned in school to make a living and to expose the evil of a bank and a law school scam that has captured thousands in their grasp. The three friends are lovable and realistic characters, all with different personal issues and talents. My favorite character was Zola Maal who has a family from Senegal that is about to be deported for being illegal. Thus, the author also tackles the current events issue of illegal immigration. Grisham paints a sympathetic picture of a family minding their own business in the U.S. that is suddenly in danger of being ripped away from all that they have known for years. Mark is the character who is most intellectual, thinking through all of the problems with their plan to scam others and talking the others into following his plan. Todd is the comic relief character, more at home on a beach with a lot of girls around than in a courtroom. I loved that Grisham returned to the roots of his writing in this book, drawing the reader into a puzzling matrix of a law school/bank scam and the real issue of debt after graduation. Having read all of his earlier novels, I am very pleased that this one was equally satisfying in its action, character portrayal and twisted plot.
I obtained a copy of this book from a local library and my review is an honest one without remuneration from any entity.