Monday, November 17, 2008

Book Review: The Collectors by David Baldacci

This is the second book in The Camel Club series by David Baldacci. There are two separate stories that merge into one. One is of a world class con who attempts to get revenge on the man who killed her mother. Also, the director of the Rare Books in the library of Congress is murdered. The Camel Club finds themselves involved in a huge conspiracy that only they can solve. The world class con also gets thrown into the mix to help and they must work together to survive.

This novel is a good continuation of the series that I have come to enjoy. I thought it was a nice mix of old and new characters. The addition of the con was entertaining. If you've read the first in the series The Camel Club you'll want to read this. There is also a third book Stone Coldand now a fourth in the series called Divine Justice. I will read all of these.

If you like conspiracies and spies you'll really like this series.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

John Grisham delves into the legal system after a jury finds for a widow against a large company. She lost her husband and her son to their chemicals. The owner of the large company doesn't want to pay the damages so he comes up with a ingenious plan: to buy the appeals court by creating a new judge.

As a "constant reader" of John Grisham I was going to read this book no matter what. It is a little different than his other novels. The beginning makes you think of "The Rainmaker", but the rest of the book is new to Grisham readers. The dirty world of politics is on display, from campaigns to elections. Can someone create a new judge out of thin air? Will the company receive the justice they deserve?

I would say that this is an average Grisham novel. There are some twists and turns and an ending that I liked and that is surprising. If you are a Grisham fan or like novels on trials or politics this may be for you. "Politics has always been a dirty game. Now justice is, too."