I'll save my comment on price until the end.
The story is told well. John Grisham knows how to weave a story and he does it well again in this short story about Theo Boone, a young 13 year old who loves the law and loves the idea of being a lawyer.
Theo's parents are both lawyers. His mom deals with divorce cases and his father deals with real estate law. Theo wants to be a trial lawyer, where the action truly is. He follows courtroom proceedings and is familiar with all the players in town, since it is a small town setting.
So, he goes to court to hear the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife. This is the second trial. The first ended in a mis-trial as the judge dismissed it early because of a new eye witness that came on board. This new eye witness is someone that Theo brings to the table, he is worried about immigration issues and didn't want to testify during the first trial. But now he is on board.
The problems. Peter Duffy the defendant doesn't show up for the trial. Why not? Is He Guilty? Is he running from the law? Those are questions asked but not necessarily answered.
Instead, Theo Boone, 13 years old, comes under the scrutiny of the local police for a crime of theft from a local computer store. The problem is, Theo is a boy scout, really, a literal boy scott who believes in not stealing and in telling the truth.
So, why is he a suspect? Because he is being framed, or is he? That's the entire gist of this short story by Grisham. It is well written, the characters are well developed and the plot keeps you asking questions until the end.
I think it is a great short story that you will be able to read quickly. You will enjoy it.
So why only a four star rating? Because I finally must admit that I am feed up with publishers who jack up the price because it is a well know author. Really, why such a high price for such a short book?
Come on guys, set the price to an appropriate level for the length of book. Yeah, the writing is good, but your price is out of line.
I loved the story, but hated the price. Greed is taking over and it needs to stop.
Enjoy the book, but maybe borrow it from the library instead of paying the high price that the publishers are demanding. Mr. Grisham, please let it be known, I am through paying such high prices for your work, there are other author's out there charing much less. Especially much less for a Kindle E-book price. Your profit is high enough on Kindle that you don't need to charge so high a price. This is my last John Grisham book until the publishers and Grisham get their pricing more in line with the quality of the work.
So, the story is great, the price is not.