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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780449011003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449011003
  • ASIN: 0449011003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #670,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Calico Joe
 
“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
 
“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
 
Praise for John Grisham
 
“Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-four novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.


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I didn't realize that the entire book was about the statistics of Baseball, rather than an intriguing novel. In fairness, I am a hockey fan or used to be a hockey fan I have never been a fan of baseball. Americans can be proud of that hockey sport now, because they bought the NHL.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 9 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Calico Joe" is a breezy little novel coming just under 200 pages , it is the first-person account of a fictionalized beaning of a Chicago Cubs prodigy by the name of Joe Castle, from Calico Rock , Ark. The story is narrated by Paul Tracey, son of Warren, the head-hunting power pitcher for the New York Mets who aimed a fast ball at the head Joe Calico and took him out of the game and ended his career.

In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder and the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen and quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey. One day when Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe. Paul was in the stands, rooting for both his idol and his dad. Then the fatal pitch came and their life changed for ever.

In vintage Grisham fashion the story picks up pace as the story unfolds and jumps ahead almost four decades. Joe Castle is barely a functional groundskeeper at a school back in Calico and Warren Tracey is dying of cancer at home in Florida. Paul who had abandoned baseball a long time ago decided to track down Castle for reconciliation between him and his dad.

This novel is worthy of our valuable time whether you are a baseball fan or not. It is a total contrast to Mr. Grisham typical novels that are full of twists and turns and tension, “Calico Joe” is simply a sweet and simple story with a moral and of a relationship between a father and son. The beginning of the book is a detailed account on how the game is played with all the rules and jargon. This is rather a sad plot with very moving elements of forgiveness and redemption and the main drive that kept me turning the pages. The narrative and setting are solid and shifts back and forth between 1973 and 2003, keeping track of the changing periods was challenging at times. Although the data is not accurate according to the author’s notes the recreation is nevertheless fun and does capture enough of the excitement for anyone, fan or not to enjoy.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Surprisingly good read...a departure for John Grisham. Picked up this book just as the 2016 Baseball season was starting and it was a story of redemption and made me wonder if this kind of stuff goes on behind the scenes of baseball - or did in back in the day?!
Highly recommended and kept thinking it would make an okay baseball movie too. Kevin Costner, you listening?
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I've read the majority of Mr. Grisham's work over the years and enjoyed many of his novels, particularly his earlier work. Lately, his writing seems to have flattened out somewhat. Calico Joe is an example. He gives us a fairly decent portrayal of his main characters in the beginning of the story, but, following the incident between the idol and the protagonist, the plot just seems to meander to a slow and very predictable ending. We learn nothing about Joe's torment after his beaning; we learn nothing about Warren's journey after he's finished as a ballplayer--just poorly drawn out sketches.
I would have enjoyed this book much more if Mr. Grisham had spent a little longer on giving his characters greater depth. If his objective was to write a short, shallow, read in one sitting type of narrative, he succeeded. Hopefully he will look back at some of his early work and give us a narrative with some teeth and twists of plot.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not one for legal thrillers so I eagerly picked up this novel as I've always wanted to read a Grisham. The book was short; it had a plain, yet somewhat heart-warming message. It doesn't quite get 4 stars as there wasn't enough substance in the book (both plot & characters). However, it was the perfect read on the beach and it was good enough in that I will probably read another Grisham. The prose was a lot like Lee Child; simple, fast-moving, and overall slaking my thirst for easy entertainment.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although I found it quite
predictable, I did like the
ending. A great book for baseball
fans, so I gave it to my husband to
read!! I much prefer Grisham's
regular type of books...law related.
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Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this novel...since i know mr grisham's work and know the sport of baseball like no other. Here we are back in the times of old when baseball was actually broadcast on one of the three main networks,saturday afternoon's on nbc,with joe garagiola and chevy tv ads(though these remembrances are missing from the novel). It is a short and whimsical novel...when Grisham writes these sports novels,like playing for pizza in parma...we have a novella more than a full fleshed novel. I have given this effort a 4 out of 5...since i enjoy a novelist going into different terrain...and here away from the law offices his mind is going into and expanding the frontiers of the sports world...bring his knowledge of the legal world and the characters he has drawn from years in that world...to the world of sports. Mr Grisham is interesting a she tells us in the legal world of the innocent,people usually caught in the legal system,and the jungles of society,largely unprotected and how often the large legal firms are more interested in making the big bucks...but somewhere there is always a someone out there,unplanned almost random,who cares enough to protect the innocent...since they deserve a fair hearing...this decency always breaks through in the authorial voice...and here we have the characters of paul..the dad...and calico joe. What if ound interesting is the character of calico joe..paul and the dad never make their way into our hearts...they are characters who haunt our sports world who dont belong in sports...like the tale grisham tells of tony kubec being maimed with a ball in the throat cutting short a promising career...calico joe is himself a target of the beamball,,,and is a target in so many ways...the malice of the human heart aimed his way for no apparent reason...Read more ›
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