My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As with almost all John Grisham novels the story flows well and the characters are alive and real to the reader. This book wanders along for a while before it becomes obvious what story Grisham is trying to tell, at least it did for me.
Ultimately the story isn’t about the trial or about the lawyers in the law firm but about how David Zinc, the obvious protagonist in the story, becomes a litigator instead of merely a lawyer. It happens slowly throughout the book after a number of scenes where he is obviously out of his element. But ultimately he becomes a litigator.
I wasn’t completely satisfied with the book, I felt the trial story that is the central element of the story went on too long for the purpose it actually has in the story. Long sequences of descriptions of a trial are bearable when the book is actually about the outcome, but the outcome wasn’t important to the story in the least which makes the time spent on it somewhat a waste of the reader’s time. The final witness cross is where the whole point of the trial comes into play and how that plays out is really the only reason to have the trial in the book at all.
If you are a John Grisham fan you should read the book, but don’t expect some mind blowing story. This is a easy read and a book with a happy ending.