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Not just smoke...
am 22. Februar 2000
Several years ago I read the Grisham novels 'The Pelican Brief' and 'The Firm' and was completely hooked, ripped through one of them in one marathon afternoon reading.
Since then I have read 'The Chamber', which I found more substantial but not as enjoyable as the previous ones, and 'The Client', which I thought was neither profound nor fun.
When I picked up 'The Runaway Jury', I was wondering if it would confirm the downhill trend of Grisham's writing.
It's not as bad as _The Client_, but not top of the crop either. It is suspenseful enough for me to have missed three tram stops while reading. It does demonstrate that it's possible to write a legal thriller without corpses (discounting lung cancer). It does have a relevant and controversial topic (tobacco legislation) at its core. It does give some fascinating insights into the courtsystem: Jury selection, Sequestering, Trial Strategies. It does show, that Grisham writes a smooth pen.
But: The story is very simple and straightforward. Much of the book is spent in the courtroom, listening to the pro/contra smoking specialists. The remainder is scheming to influence the jurors. It wasn't enough to keep me electrified throughout the book. The second half I was just trying to get to the verdict (and hence missed my stop!). The ending was predictable and kind of fizzed out.
All in all: I'm glad I didn't spend any money on the book. On the other hand I'm sure that I'll read one of his other books when I feel like literary junk food again. And just maybe he writes something like his early books again.