Greg posted a review at 2009-10-19 03:53:57.
It is odd that I have back to back read two books set in roughly the same area of Mississippi. The State of Jones is set during the Civil War while this book comes from today's headlines. "The Appeal is John Grisham’s handy primer on a timely subject: how to rig an election. Blow by blow, this not-very-fictitious-sounding novel depicts the tactics by which political candidates either can be propelled or ambushed and their campaigns can be subverted. Since so much of what happens here involves legal maneuvering in Mississippi, as have many of his other books, Mr. Grisham knows just how these games are played. He has sadly little trouble making such dirty tricks sound real." Janet Maslin, New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/books/28maslin.html
It seems a lot of my favorite books are set in this area, in and near Marion County, Mississippi. :)