Awhile back I created a new feature around these parts in an attempt to read all the books I have on my bookshelves, called the Fishbowl Selection and the first book I drew out of the fishbowl, was John Grisham’s, “Ford County“. “Ford County” is a collection of stories involving justice, law and lawyers.
I’ve never read John Grisham before, but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Normally, I’m not a fan of crime and justice, but I’m glad that I selected this novel, because it was a good way to broaden my horizons and get an introduction to John Grisham’s work.
This collection of stories was funny, moving and sad all at once. Grisham has made a collection of characters that each involved the town of Ford County. My favorite being the story of Inez Graney and her three sons. This story involves a journey to the jail where the youngest Graney boy is on death row. The element of suspense and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat while reading this story. I read it right before I went to bed and ended up having a dream involving a death row theme, which was a little scary. However, don’t be mistaken, this collection of stories is not scary by any means.
Other stories include a lawyer who works on short ending his clients in order to cash out and escape his day-to-day life, a man who works as an insurance data collector and believes he can make it big by gambling and three young men who travel to rescue a fellow community member, but get sidetracked along the way by strippers and booze.
This is a collection of seven stories that are all creative and intriguing. It’s clear to me why John Grisham was named one of Forbes highest paid authors and this collection of stories has also got me really excited to read Grisham’s newest novel in late October, titled “The Confession“.