Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Confession by John Grisham

I finished reading The Confession by John Grisham. Since June of 1993, I have read 23 books by Grisham; As I have said before, I am not sure that this is something that I should be proud of.

Set mostly in a small town in Texas, the book focuses on a young black man who is on death row for murder. As part of the story, the book examines how death row inmates are treated and the legal processes that goes on around them.

It paints a very unflattering picture of the Texas legal system and process. Reflecting after finishing it, the book seems very much like a political statement.

In more than 25 years, I have never set down a book once I have started it. About 1/3 into this book, I was bored with the storyline. I seriously considered setting it down. I gutted my way through and was pleasantly surprised that the last third of the book moved along at a much more engaging pace. I got much more invested in the book in the last 150 pages. Nevertheless, at best, I would give the book a "B-" grade. With so many great books in the world, this is not one that I would suggest people add to their reading list.

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