Okay, some of you are probably grumbling and wondering why I am reviewing a John Grisham thriller. Well, because it’s knock-it-out-of-the-park good, that’s why. I can’t tell you when I remember ever seeing a review copy of a John Grisham book. They just don’t happen. While attending SIBA I saw that Doubleday was offering them. Wow. I read a blurb inside by a well-known Independent Bookstore owner, Mitchell Kaplan. He was praising it up one side and down the other. I was in.
I actually asked my husband to read the book first. He was a big fan. Karen, one of my bookseller friends at Copperfish, also liked it. I read it in a day and a half. I would say it’s more like A TIME TO KILL. That’s a good thing. I’m just going to give you part of the first paragraph. It will set the tone and draw you in.
” On a cold morning in early October of 1946, Pete Banning awoke before sunrise and had no thoughts of going back to sleep. For a long time he lay in the center of his bed, staring at the dark ceiling, and asked himself for the thousandth time if he had the courage. Finally, as the first trace of dawn peeked through a window, he accepted the solemn reality that it was time for the killing.”
I was all in after reading this. What a ride. And believe me, you will not imagine the outcome. Huge surprise. Written with deep understanding of this area of the country and with a sense of community second to none.
THE RECKONING goes on sale Tuesday, October 23. We will have copies at Copperfish Books. Come on in. I’ll be there.