REVIEWED BY BOB MEADOWS
Grisham begins his 16th legal thriller in familiar territory: A small-town Mississippi jury renders a $41 million verdict against a chemical company. Desperate to hold Krane Chemical together—and to hold his own place in the rarefied social circle he occupies—the company's billionaire owner, Carl Trudeau, vows the townsfolk will get "not one dime." The lengths he goes to—including buying a judge and bankrupting the lawyers who oppose him—drive this intricately detailed, involving story. And the ending may surprise you.