There’s good beach reading and there’s bad beach reading. I found a copy of John Grisham’s The Appeal at a beach condo this year and elected to read it, having never heard about it before. While Grisham’s legal thrillers aren’t the most literary around, you can always count on them to be well researched and executed. This is no less true of his sprawling 2008 novel.
Oh please, all ye gents
Lose the flag
Of the indicted state of America;
Eschew the republic
And wash ye hands
When nations and their gods
Withhold liberty and justice for all