Grisham returns to form with this tightly written legal thriller. No one knows the machinations of our court system like he does, and he crafts a clever story that does keep the reader guessing right to the end. A lot of things are predictable with John Grisham, and that predictability has cost him a few stars in reader reviews, to be sure. Dialogue is sometimes just a bit stilted. And the great implausibility is the savvy cleverness of otherwise ordinary people who devise intricate survival plots in order to get what they want. Most regular folks, even lawyer-turned-cons, just aren’t that brilliant. Otherwise, this is a very entertaining story told in the colorful Mississippi style of America’s premier novelist.