That's because this edition is abridged. Grisham has let us down in more than one way. Sam's firm is hit hard by the recession and she and a few other employees are furloughed. Heading to Brady, Virginia Samantha never e Samantha Kofer thought she would be on the fast track to making partner at her law firm in Manhattan with her long hours and dedication. I think I just talked myself into lowering my rating from 3 stars to 2. But after reading the book, you ll believe heroic action must be taken.
There was some attempt to build tension with descriptions of the bully-boy nature of the small town, and in the second half there was more goings on. In a recent newspaper interview, Grisham said that some men who have viewed pornographic images online are not real pedophiles and do not deserve harsh prison sentences. Well, John Grisham must be on a mission. I was also waiting for something more to happen and it just never did. Story of a New York lawyer, Samantha, in 2007 who was laid off after the banks failed. Tonight at seven she might be watching a movie or having dinner with friends, not slaving away at the office with the meter running. So far as I can tell, there really is no plot in the first 225 pages, only a series of scenes.
Instead, the battle and storyline I would have really wanted to read about goes on in the background as a secondary storyline. This certainly was no Pelican Brief and Samantha is no Darby Shaw, which I believe was Grisham's last strong female character. I can't believe he left so many story lines unresolved. But, fighting these coal companies can prove dangerous. The story line quickly became tedious with a narcissistic protagonist and childish figures who play cloak and dagger roles.
Where are all of these so-called patriotic billionaire business owners? But some of the locals aren't so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town, and within weeks Samantha is engulfed in litigation that turns deadly. The other was Andy Grubman, a forty-year-old pencil pusher who'd never seen a courtroom. Donovan intends to sue the companies, but he is killed in a mysterious plane crash. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Samantha was too numb to insult him.
Unfortunately the audio production did not overpower and rescue what is a rather ordinary, predictable, and not quite believable story. I think her personality took any fun out of any suspense that was being created. Samantha Kofer quickly finds that out in Gray Mountain. Or at least all the dialog attributed to her made her seem like she should never have graduated from high school. The atmosphere was so toxic that Samantha left the building whenever possible and worked with her laptop in coffee shops around lower Manhattan. I did a little happy dance when I finished this book. She is exposed to the catastrophic environmental repercussions of strip mining on the poor and economically depressed community and particular residents of the area.
A very predictable and unsatisfying ending. In just thirteen months he had gone from an ambitious young associate to a mildly deranged idiot who slept at his desk. The Christian Science Monitor Yes, Gray Mountain is fiction. But those photos were old news now and Samantha did not see any cameras. I found I didn't really care much for the main characters so it's hard to care what happens to them.
In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. If he's interested in Based on this reasoning, Upton Sinclair never would have written The Jungle. I read because to enjoy a good story and escape for a little while. After the door closed, Samantha remembered the firm leased floors 30 through 65. Or at least all the dialog attributed to her made her seem like she should never have graduated from high school.
This is beyond a doubt one of the most boring books I have read. The firm can't afford to pay them, but they do not want to lay them off. But then, Andy rarely had an original thought. I was a wee bit disappointed read: I assumed I'd be bored to tears and was quite uphappy about it. Who knows when owners will start building again, if ever. I feel a bit guilty rubbishing a book this extent, and if it was by some first-time, unknown author I would just say nothing and move on.