Books: Facts In Fiction
● By Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
GRAY MOUNTAIN By John Grisham, Doubleday, $8.95
Samantha Kofer’s career in a large Wall Street law firm is “furloughed” for a year with a promise of rehiring her after she works at a legal aid clinic without pay. But even legal aid clinics aren’t hiring including one in Lafayette, La. and she settles for the tiny coal town of Brady, Va. For the first time, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, argues in a courtroom and is welcomed only by the poor, including a victim of prevalent Black Coal Lung disease. A good story except for the lack of an exciting murder trial.
PERFIDIA By James Ellroy, Knopf, $28.95
It’s the day before WWII began, December 6, 1941, and we read in anticipation the attack on Pearl Harbor that comes the next morning. From there, the author chronicles the effect of war on the citizens of Los Angeles; particularly the loyal Japanese who are the obvious victims of hate permeating the entire city. One result is the murder of a Japanese family that is investigated by Captain William H. Parker of the LA Police. The novel, too long at nearly 700 pages, will be found to be too short for Ellroy fans as it moves day by day in journal style examining the lives of members of the police department, “comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns.”