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Grisham’s Whistler Doesn’t Work

John GrishamI have read every John Grisham novel since he first published The Firm.  Some were made into movies, most were really great thrillers, and some just didn’t have the same punch level.

When I finished The Whistler (Doubleday, 2016), which is still # 4 on the fiction best-selling list published by the Wall Street Journal, I felt dissatisfied, as if the story never really opened itself up.

Perhaps the problem is that in this book, Grisham goes more outside his typical Whistler Coverlegal forte, focusing upon the investigating team of a governmental agency.  Sure, there are attorneys, and courtrooms, and settlements, and all that goes with it.  But, repeatedly, the characters who work for the agency investigating judicial misconduct proclaim, “we are not lawyers.”  And, that is the problem with the novel.

The story title comes from the term “whistle-blower,” which became popular in business circles with the Enron debacle.  In this story, it is a character who kept confidential information about a judge, and slowly seeped it out for her demise. 

One problem with popular authors such as this is that they work too fast, trying to get the next book into the marketplace as quickly as possible.  That may make everyone money, but it seriously erodes their reputation as a quality writer.   But. that is a subject for another post, on another day.


Grisham’s Newest Book Cries For the Sequel We Don’t Want

John GrishamI will admit to you that I enjoyed John Grisham‘s newest book.  I finished it before Christmas.

But, I was also very disappointed in him.  It simply screams “there will be a sequel.”  It is unlike every other book he has ever written.

The book is called Gray Mountain (Doubleday, 2014).  It is about a young female New York attorney, Samantha Kofer, who finds new work and a new life in rural Gray Mountain CoverVirginia.

I only read the customer reviews on Amazon.com after I wrote this post.  In general, these are vicious.  I don’t think the story is that bad, and I don’t think it’s boring.  Maybe it has just enough sex to keep me interested.  But, I do join others who criticize the book for the low-quality ending.  Just finish the story, John.  Move on to the next book.

In summary, to find out what happens, you will have to buy the next book.  That has never been the case for Grisham, who has penned so many best-sellers over the years, and which have found their way to the big screen through adaptation.  Who has ever forgotten The Firm?

You won’t find this one moving to film.  At least, not until we know the ending.