Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First post

OK, just to let you know I have an extremely bad habit of reading 3 or 4 books at a time and I usually forget the ending as soon as I close the book. I just love a mystery that lets you figure it out who-done-it right along with the main character. Sue Grafton is my favorite although I also read Evanovich, G.A. McKevett, Joan Hess and a few others because sitting out in front of Sue's house demanding a new Kinsey Millhone is stalking (don't ask). I enjoy legal thrillers, suspense and plain old chick lit. I would have to say one of my "new" favorites is Greg Iles. Most of his novels take place in or around Natchez, MS. I am so intrigued by the area we are taking a trip there in April. Jodi Picoult is great and you can never go wrong with the hilarious rants of Celia Rivenbark or Jill Connor Browne.

Right now I am reading "The Associate" by John Grisham. It is being touted as vintage Grisham, so I had to give it a try. I miss the days of "The Rainmaker", "A Time to Kill" and "The Pelican Brief". I have to say it reminds me of "The Firm". The main character, Kyle, is a legal genius who is about to graduate from Yale Law School. His dad is a small town lawyer . Kyle wants to go to work for a human rights organization, that is until someone finds out his secret. Kyle was in the room while two of his frat brothers have sex with a girl who may or may not be conscious and is now claiming rape (and there is a cell phone video). Kyle is blackmailed into going to work for the world's largest law firm. He is told he will have to steal information about a billion dollar lawsuit between two defense contractors. Kyle tries to get out of his predicament without giving up any secrets; there is only on catch...he is being followed, his apartment is bugged, his phone is tapped and there may be someone inside the firm who is helping the blackmailers!
Kyle does get out of the firm but it is not very nailbiting. It was very anticlimatic, but I do feel like there is going to be a sequel. There was no ending, it just stopped.
I have to tell you - it is not nearly as suspenseful as "The Firm" but I did like it better than "The Appeal". It was a little flat and I was mildly disappointed. But I am still waiting for the next one, Grisham is the master of the legal thriller.