The Brethren contains a fair amount of social satire, and perhaps we could say that is what sets it aside from other similar books. I mean it was easy to read, and entertaining as Grisham always is, but the ending really sucked. And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam … while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt. Although technically a drama, reading this book felt like an adventure I did not want to end. It's the story of how some crooked judges are able to run a scam from inside a jail, paralleled with how a completely evil general tries to buy an election and start a war. The third for a career-ending drunken joyride.
So what do we have at the end? Trevor is probably my favorite character in the book. Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers. I was just about done with his one-dimensional characters and tiresome sarcastic comments. You have the three judges, who are locked away in a very low security prison in Florida.
Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event. Lake keeps rising in the polls, and it appears that he'll be a shoo-in for President. Indeed, none of them are particularly likable. All in all, it's a good solid Grisham book that will be well worth the price when it comes out in paperback. The book's cynical view of presidential politics and criminal justice casts a somewhat gloomy shadow over the tale.
Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? For 2012, I'm glad I chose this one. Getting up at 5 a. I even thought I figured out which character would be redeemed. The pace is significantly slower, in some places, than his other novels. In other books of his there is suspense and intrigue, but I would not say The Brethren has these characteristics. That didn't seem fictional at all.
What do you think would happen with a 'former' middle aged judge that has fallen from grace? What did you like best about this story? There were large parts of the book that do have the John Grisham magic but generally the plot was drawn out and tiresome. This is a well-told tale that presents a devious scheme and a presidential election in the midst of a national crisis. Yes he still has one-dimensional characters without much depth, but do we ever need this repeated again? Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. I did think that the idea of imprisoned judges plotting away was quite fresh, so that was kind of cool. As a lawyer, I read to escape the drama of my daily life, not to be immersed in another attorney's fictional version of what he wishes our occupation looked like.
So, after being grounded at the Minneapolis airport, I was disappointed that the only book that interested me at a small book stand was one by Grisham, The Brethren. A bizarre presidential election is holding the nation in its grips — and a powerful government figure is pulling some very hidden strings. Also I found I didn't really care for any of the characters. I believe he should try his hand in it more. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Nevertheless, I was disappointed in the book's finale. Two victims and one hundred eighty-nine thousand dollars into the scam the judges run across their biggest victim of all — Aaron Lake. Here you basically have a story without a moral character. Eventually, the judges lower the boom. And the sarcasm, or actually, the cynical style that Grisham writes, for some odd reason, really entertained me. That plus I really wasn't digging it too much. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I'm a great fan of John Grisham novels--I think I have almost the whole collection in paperback.
One takes place mainly in a minimum security federal prison camp where three disgraced former federal judges are incarcerated and from where they operate an extortion scam. As it turns out, there is a seperate book titled 'The Brethren,' not by Grisham, that may or may not tell the story. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. The Brethren is not one of the author's best works. And the third, for a career-ending drunken joyride.
He's hiding one of his good characters again and there will be a carefully contrived twist at the end. Another, for skimming bingo profits. The Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over. The money is pouring in. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich -- very fast. One was sent up for tax evasion. It's probably been 10 years since I've read a Grisham novel, but I used to just tear through them.