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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (151,226 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the story of eleven-year-old Mark Sway, who witnessed the bizarre suicide of a New Orleans attorney. Just before he dies, the lawyer tells Mark a deadly secret concerning the recent murder of a Louisiana senator whose accused killer, Mafia thug Barry Muldanno, is about to go to trial. The police, the federal prosecutor, and the FBI pressure Mark to tell them the attorney’s last words, but Mark knows that with the mob watching his every move and that revealing his secret will almost surely get him killed. So Mark, streetwise and old beyond his years, hires a lawyer for himself.

Reggie Love is a fifty-two-year-old divorcee who’s been through more than anyone could imagine and survived—because she’s tough. And feisty. And loves helping kids overlooked or abused by the system. But when Mark’s life is threatened, and Reggie discovers her office has been bugged, and even the juvenile court judge says Mark has no choice but to talk, she realizes that she’s in way over her head this time.

But then Mark comes up with a crazy plan. And it just might work.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Waven | 2/16/2014

    " This is my third Grisham and my favorite thus far. It was an interesting read with enough action and suspense to keep the pages turning without overwhelming credulity (although he stretches it rather thin in several places). The protagonist family Sway is likeable, the antagonist Muldanno and cronies are frightening but low-key, and there are a few characters who scramble back and forth between the two, making things a bit more interesting. Many scenes and descriptions date the writing but can be overlooked with little effort. And though Grisham closes with another neatly-packaged end, it was done well enough to carry through. My biggest complaints fell to the characters, who were difficult to keep track of and not always convincing. A large handful of police, FBI agents, and lawyers were hardly more than sketched in as people. Then they were scattered through a half dozen offices in two states, appearing and disappearing faster than you can say "criminal justice" with rarely a note or reminder to the reader of who all these people were. (Admittedly, if I had cared more for the book, I might have tried harder to keep them straight.) And then there was Mark, a purported eleven-year-old who vacillated between ballsy genius pre-adult and weepy pre-teen. It was fun, don't get me wrong, and I certainly don't regret reading it ... but I couldn't in good conscience give it more than three stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lesley | 2/13/2014

    " Great read. Love books you can't put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by travelmel | 2/13/2014

    " I can't remember this book but I know I read it. I wouldn't read it now..not my stuff anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Iv | 1/24/2014

    " Another absolute one! "

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