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The Great Divide [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out Grisham & Turow! June 10 2001
Marcus Glenwood is rebuilding his life and legal practice after the tragic death of his young children and the divorce from his wife. He is asked to represent the parents of Gloria Hall, who believe she has been kidnapped in a prison-like shoe factory operated by New Horizons in China.
With little physical evidence and not much on which to build a case, Marcus goes to court against the massive New Horizons, which seems to have tentacles and connections everywhere. New Horizons will stop at nothing to keep their secrets intact, and Marcus is threatened, beaten and attacked in his quest to expose the reprehensible practices of this monolithic company.
The descriptions of labor practices in China paint a horrendous picture of inhumane treatment and are very timely in the current political climate. The legal intrigue surrounding Marcus' quest to reveal New Horizons' is fascinating in its details. But the real story here is the integrity of Marcus, Gloria's parents, the judge, and many other secondary characters who are deeply committed to doing the right thing.
Bunn is also a master at skillfully building believable and empathetic secondary characters. Long before the book is over, you feel like you know these people and would like to spend more time with them.
A fascinating story, well written, very entertaining, very informative. T. Davis Bunn has given Turow and Grisham some real competition in the legal thriller genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look out John Grisham! May 7 2001
What a super book! This was the first T. Davis Bunn novel I had the pleasure of reading. It was a gift or I might never have discovered a wonderful book and author.
I fell in love right away with the author's pace and way of storytelling. I could hear the drawls of the friends Marcus made in the rural part of North Carolina. I could see his home, the trees behind it, and each of Bunn's characters clearly in my mind (this is rare for me to be able to picture and imagine a book so vividly!).
It scared me that this book, and the subject matter, could actually be true. New Horizons could be any number of companies located in the US. That makes it so real, and so scary.
If you aren't sure if you like legal thrillers, this is more than that. You CARE about the people in the book, worry about them, and get scared with them. The heartwarming hospitality shown by various southerners is just as I imagined it, the same as is the good ole boys network working against them.
Read this. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful character portrayal April 11 2001
Marcus Glenwood is a lawyer who had it all, big office, beautiful wife, and two perfect children. In a blink of an eye, life as he knew it is not only changed, it is shattered into a million pieces. As he struggles to become whole again, he agrees to take on the case of Gloria Hall, an American human rights activist who has disappeared after investigating a mysterious factory in China. Marcus has to take on New Horizon, an all powerful conglomerate which produces athletic clothing and shoes. He takes them to court and in the process starts to heal his own life. The story is filled with twists and turns, keeps you involved and caring about the characters. Each layer of character development is peeled away slowly, helping you to understand their actions. I enjoyed the story as well as the great character development. It is a believeable timely story. It reads a little slowly but I felt that was a good element to the story. Marcus does not know what he will find out either, we learn as he does. It works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take Up And Read! Oct. 6 2000
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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."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fifteen year old perspective
This novel is a book I highly recommend for the reader that likes a challenge. It was intriguing and it stimulated the mind. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars This is worth reading!
This is what Bunn does, and he does it very well! This is what I love about T. Davis Bunn! This book has a slightly slow start, then explodes! Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Wolfe Moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Divide
I picked the book up on a whim and could hardly put it down. A page turner that is exciting from page one to the last.
Published on Aug. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peek Inside the Legal, Political and Corporate World
This was a great read that I initially picked up for the legal aspect since I enjoy reading legal thrillers. Read more
Published on June 4 2003 by Tammy van Dongen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peek Inside the Legal, Political and Corporate World
This was a great read that I initially picked up for the legal aspect since I enjoy reading legal thrillers. Read more
Published on June 4 2003 by Tammy van Dongen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Legal Thriller From Wonderful Author
The Great Divide is an excellent read! It is along the lines of a Grisham novel but even better. It has an engaging plot and I wasn't able to put it down. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great divide
Great book. I had never heard of T. Davis Bunn. After reading this, I will search for more of his work. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by ""
1.0 out of 5 stars Snidely Whiplash, where are you?
This is one of the most ludicrous books I've come across in recent years. I picked it up because I am a lawyer and I served as the general manager of a company in China for five... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2001 by "lushi"
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written!
T. Davis Bunn captured my attention right away with The Great Divide. Solid research, haunting prose and a 100 mph story render this novel a thriller on many fronts. Read more
Published on April 10 2001 by Lisa Samson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Page Turner!
Having read all of T. Davis Bunn's books, I kept walking past this one at the book store. Not being a real fan of courtroon drama novels, I wasn't sure I could sit through... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2001 by Bonnie K Walker
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