Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
I revisited this story more than 20 years after I first read it, and was pleased to find that it held up reasonably well. The characters and plot are still interesting, and it was just as fun to see 11 year old Mark and his lawyer work to out-maneuver the politicians, the FBI, and the mob. Grisham's style doesn't hold up as well, and I wasn't as appreciative of the way he reveals his characters through random gobbets of exposition, but overall this is still an enjoyable story.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. John MacDonald did an okay job on the narration, but the audio quality for this version was pretty bad. It sounded like a digitized conversion of an old audiocassette book on tape, with strange random stops to insert the next tape (or disc, maybe), and it's oddly draggy. I had to increase the playback speed to make it listenable.