'No one does it better than Grisham' - Telegraph
Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia.
Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm. If she is going to survive in coal country, she needs to start learning fast.
Because as Donovan knows only too well, the mountains have their own laws. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line . . .
THE INNOCENT MAN by John Grisham is now a major six-part documentary series on Netflix
What readers are saying about GRAY MOUNTAIN
'The worst kind of corporate exploitation of the poor in rural areas is exposed . . . Absolute suspense and drama filled the pages' - 5 STARS
'Such a good read' - 5 STARS
'Thoroughly enjoyed every word, sentence and page!' - 5 STARS
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When the global financial crisis derails Samantha Kofer’s professional aims, she leaves Wall Street to join a scrappy legal aid clinic in the heart of Appalachia. Drawn reluctantly into her new community’s environmental battle against the coal industry, Sam develops into one of Grisham’s most nuanced female protagonists. The author's passion for the gorgeous landscapes of his setting resonates from every chapter of Gray Mountain, a brisk legal thriller that triumphs by portraying the high human costs of mining and greed in sharp detail.
Expect the expected in this tepid legal thriller from bestseller Grisham (Sycamore Row) that may be the debut of a series character. When Wall Street law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job in the 2008 financial meltdown, her mega-firm offers her the prospect of a return to long hours and dull work after a year's furlough as an unpaid intern for a nonprofit organization. Despite the volunteer nature of such work, Samantha discovers competition for the slots available fierce, and seizes the chance, after numerous rejections, to work at the Mountain Legal Aid Clinic in Brady, Va., population 2,200. In the Appalachian coal town, Samantha finds herself a fish out of water in more senses than one. She needs to adjust to living in a community with fewer residents than her old office building, as well as dealing with real people's problems rather than document review. Grisham movingly portrays the evils of Big Coal and the lives it has ruined, and most readers will rapidly turn the pages, but the subtlety and full-blooded characters that mark the author's best work are sadly absent.
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A subject overload
Once I had become informed of what's happening in the Appalachian coalfields, the book became more like a documentary than a novel. I couldn't help wondering how this rape of America's scenic beauty could be allowed to continue and for a few chapters my outrage bubbled. But the urge to turn the page diminished and, although I finished the book, I was left with a flat feeling - dare I say a wee bit bored by it all?
Wouldn't waste time or money on this one. Boring! Really disappointing especially coming from Grisham! All over the place and left me feeling flat. Felt like it was a rushed book just to get one out there.. Is there a sequel...who knows, certainly feels like there should be, but if there is I definitely won't be taking the time or paying top dollar to read it.
I found this book to be only "fair". I wasn't gripped like previous books. In fact I was bored. I had to struggle to finish it.