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The Week (US) - - 21 - By John Gr­isham Jo­ce­lyn McClurg Janet Maslin

(Dou­ble­day, $29) John Gr­isham’s lat­est is a “buoy­ant, mis­chievous thriller,” said in The New York Times. Tak­ing aim at for-profit law schools that sad­dle stu­dents with six-fig­ure debts and weak odds of land­ing good jobs, Gr­isham has con­jured three young up­starts who in­vent a novel way to beat the sys­tem. Once Mark, Todd, and Zola dis­cover that their law school is lit­tle more than a scam per­pe­trated by a Wall Street bil­lion­aire, they hatch a plot of their own: Sans cre­den­tials, they launch a bo­gus law firm and start chas­ing am­bu­lances and hus­tling clients out­side a busy mu­nic­i­pal court­house. “It all goes swim­mingly—for a while.” Gr­isham, deftly skew­er­ing the le­gal pro­fes­sion’s seedy side, keeps us root­ing for the trio even as they com­mit felony after felony, said in USA To­day. But then in the third act, he em­ploys a twist that re­calls a sim­i­lar mo­ment in his hit 1991 book, The Firm. “Lazy re­cy­cling or an in­ten­tional homage to an early clas­sic? We’ll let his jury of read­ers weigh the ev­i­dence and de­cide.”

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