This book was between a 2 and 3 star production. Grisham is a great writer, but this book was a bit slow. The middle (the campaign) drug on forever sometimes with mind numbing details that I felt could possibly be left out. Grisham was making a statement with the book, and I can appreciate that; however, I hated the character development of Ron Fisk, Carl Trudeau, et al (though I thoroughly believe it could happen in a real life situation and probably has). In addition, the ending came bluntly and without victory for the "good" guys. All fiction doesn't have to end "happily ever after" but this one really sided with the "bad guys".