'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 . . .
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
350+ million copies, 45 languages, 9 blockbuster films:
NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM
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.
Well up to the usual standard from this author. Usual excellent research done. So I now know a lot about the dirt in coal mining as well as enjoying a good tale well narrated.