Excerpt from Gray Mountain

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up my new release, What the Cat Knew yet, make sure you do! It is the first book in my new Reg Rawlings Private Investigator series, which is a spin-off from the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series. Reg is Erin’s foster sister, who finds herself involved in a whole new world when she runs a scam in Black Sands, Florida. Have a look at some other paranormal mystery releases while you are at it.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am reading a John Grisham novel this week; one of his legal thrillers. I have been disappointed with a couple of Grisham novels lately, but I am enjoying Gray Mountain.

Samantha finds herself out of a job during the recession. With many other New York firms downsizing, the competition for jobs, even internships is fierce. She gets one with a free legal clinic in Virginia, which is nothing like what she was used to doing. Coal is king, and Donovan, another lawyer in Brady is taking on many of the coal companies in massive torts when his plane goes down. Samantha finds herself with a lot of difficult decisions to make.

No, nothing is guaranteed. Frankly, no one is smart enough to predict where we’ll be next year. We’re in the middle of an election, Europe is going to hell, the Chinese are freaking out, banks are folding, markets are crashing, nobody’s building or buying. The world’s coming to an end.

John Grisham, Gray Mountain

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 is downsized, furloughed, and escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, all for a slim chance of getting rehired.

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. Samantha’s new job takes her into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack. But some of the locals aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town, and within weeks Samantha is engulfed in litigation that turns deadly. Because like most small towns, Brady harbors big secrets that some will kill to conceal.

Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve read one of his books yet, though he is on my TBR list. This week My Teaser is from Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory.

  2. I read this one a while ago, and it was good. I haven’t enjoyed all of his books, but I liked this one. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “UNTOUCHABLE”

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