Since A Time to Kill published in 1989 John
Grisham has become virtually synonymous with the term "legal thriller", a genre
that he's already broken out of a few times, such as his two 2001 novels, A
Painted House and Skipping Christmas, but with The Innocent Man he's crossed the line
not just from one fiction genre to another but from fiction into nonfiction.
Stylistically, it's often difficult to tell the difference between his first
nonfiction work and his novels, which is both the
strength and weakness of The Innocent Man.
Judged against Grisham's fictional works, The Innocent Man compares well, his prose style is tight and fast-paced, the extremely large cast of characters are sketched succinctly and courtroom legalities are explained in a style simple enough for the layman to follow, and we're left in little doubt about who are the good guys and who ...
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According to the World Prison Population List (sixth edition, 2005), formerly produced by the UK Home Office, and now by Kings College London:
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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