Reviewing Grisham

John Grisham is one of those authors that are considered “review-proof.” For what it’s worth, below are the first consumer reviews of his new book, The Confession, which arrives today.

USA Today, Carol Memmott, Grisham prosecutes the death penalty in The Confession

If Grisham’s dialogue and narrative sometimes cross the line between storytelling and proselytizing about the evils of the death penalty, he compensates through meaty character portrayals and an unpredictable end.

Washington Post, Maureen Corrigan

The Confession is the kind of grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible. But it’s also a superb work of social criticism in the literary troublemaker tradition of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.

Bloomberg News, Laurie Muchnick, Grisham’s Flat Death Row Parable

I agree with John Grisham on capital punishment, but reading The Confession, still felt like spending a week in solitary confinement.

Grisham was scheduled to do his regular day-of-book-launch sit-down with the Today Show this morning; we’ll add the video when it is available.

The book is currently #6 on Amazon sales rankings (Keith Richards’ memoir, Life is #1), making it the top-selling adult fiction title (the children’s titles, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Lost Hero are both higher).

The Confession
John Grisham
Retail Price: $28.95
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2010-10-26)
ISBN / EAN: 0385528043 / 9780385528047
  • CD: Random House Audio: $45; ISBN 9780739376195
  • Large Print: Random House; $29; ISBN 9780739377895
  • Playaway: $59.99; ISBN 9781616572488

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