John Grisham, Take Up And Read THE GREAT DIVIDE. It's picturesque speech may remind you of the good solid writing with which you were once familiar. [And in case you think this work is a fluke, go back to one of Bunn's early works, "Promises To Keep," and you will see that this talent has been continually honed in each of his successive writings]. For example, the character of Gloria Hall is introduced on "a day draped about her like a dirty, steaming rag." Thus, begins Gloria's crusade to uncover the horror of the slave labor tactics being used at Factory 101 in China; and in doing so prove its collaboration with a giant conglomerate in America known as New Horizons. [Marcus Glenwood is the, "hollow core" of a man/lawyer who takes up the cause back home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina]. Bunn uses Gloria as the shining example of one who has crossed THE GREAT DIVIDE. As Deacon Wilbur explains in his sermon, "You got to work for something bigger, something finer, something eternal. You got to cross that great divide to make your work matter. . .The bridge across the great divide, oh yes, it is the infinite gift. The holy gift." But lest you think that Bunn's work is solely a 'religious one'--think again. This tale will keep you on the edge of your seat like no other thriller you've read, and in doing so, will have you thinking profoundly about its content. So John Grisham. . .all of you, TAKE UP AND READ! If for no other reason than to witness a exquisite handling of the English language:
". . .[she]sounded as though she had gargled with bourbon and ashes."
"Rumors are a sea you can drown in."
"The day can only hold so many tears."