Review (not rated)
Having read this book three times, I feel I have a certain standing in making this contribution. The idea for the story is intriguing (which is why I bought it, along with the fact that it had won a PEN/Faulkner Award), however, the execution was poorly done, and monotonous. Descriptions were not inspiring, and instead of enhancing the book, made it cumbersome and unappealing. Just to demonstrate how very dull I found this book: I came to the second last page, put it down and didn't think about it for a week. Needs a fair degree of willpower and it is derogatory to John Grisham to have this book compared with his novels (though they are markedly different styles of legal 'thrillers').