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Gray Mountain: A Novel

by John Grisham

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | October 21, 2014 | Hardcover

Gray Mountain: A Novel is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 5.
John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.5 × 6.42 × 1.15 in

Published: October 21, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038553714X

ISBN - 13: 9780385537148

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Typical John Grisham story about lawyers. I bought this book because I have read everything that John Grisham writes. I was disappointed with this effort. He takes the reader over and over along the same point that the characters are making. Perhaps he hurried this book along to get it out for the holiday gift buying season.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing and dull. This novel is very slow, tiresome and lacking in any life until exactly half way through it. Then someone dies in a plane crash ( we never really are told why) and the story picks up a little but not a lot. Its about a boring young NY lawyer, furloughed and she goes to Brady where she learns about cases of lung disease from the coal mining areas. The large mining companies prevent any financial settlements to their employees when they become ill. Blah blah blah....dull beyond belief. There is a brief affair but aside from that , nothing to add to the story. The ending is the expected happy ending......she stays, she helps. The end. It still has Grisham's beautiful easy writing style but this one is a snoozer. Surprising and disappointing for Grisham.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book by Grisham! This one was great.. Its a tad slow to begin with but it picks up making you wanting more! The ending is absolutely the best way he could have finished the book! Totally worth the read!!!
Date published: 2014-11-26

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Gray Mountain: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.5 × 6.42 × 1.15 in

Published: October 21, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038553714X

ISBN - 13: 9780385537148

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1 The horror was in the waiting--the unknown, the insomnia, the ulcers. Co-workers ignored each other and hid behind locked doors. Secretaries and paralegals passed along the rumors and refused eye contact. Everyone was on edge, wondering, "Who might be next?" The partners, the big boys, appeared shell-shocked and wanted no contact with their underlings. They might soon be ordered to slaughter them. The gossip was brutal. Ten associates in Litigation terminated; partially true--only seven. The entire Estate division closed, partners and all; true. Eight partners in Antitrust jumping to another firm; false, for now. The atmosphere was so toxic that Samantha left the building whenever possible and worked with her laptop in coffee shops around lower Manhattan. She sat on a park bench one pleasant day--day ten after the fall of Lehman Brothers--and gazed at the tall building down the street. It was called 110 Broad, and the top half was leased by Scully & Pershing, the biggest law firm the world had ever seen. Her firm, for now, though the future was anything but certain. Two thousand lawyers in twenty countries, half of them in New York City alone, a thousand right up there packed together on floors 30 through 65. How many wanted to jump? She couldn''t guess, but she wasn''t the only one. The world''s largest firm was shrinking in chaos, as were its competitors. Big Law, as it was known, was just as panicked as the hedge funds, investment banks, real banks, insurance conglom
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John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-seven novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and four novels for young readers. 

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Editorial Reviews

“An important new novel . . . Grisham’s work—always superior entertainment—is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent.” —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
 
“John Grisham makes a powerful closing argument against Big Coal, but the message never obscures a satisfying, old fashioned, good guy-bad guy legal thriller.” —Christian Science Monitor
 
“Grisham has written one of his best legal dramas in quite some time with this dive into small-town politics. There''s a mystery, but that''s a minor portion of the story. The main thrust that will engage readers is Samantha Kofer and the cast of characters that help her discover her passion.” —Associated Press
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