My most recent read was The Appeal. While I did not enjoy it quite as much as some of Grisham's older work it is still a great read. A legal political thriller the story line riveting and sadly from my experience it is very true to life. I have to say working in plaintiffs law firms for a few years I could have written a story like this without a lot of imagination. This book hit so close to home I think I may not be the best judge but I highly recommend you give it a shot. If nothing else you will get an interesting perspective on our political system and how it effects our legal system. The book has everything from corruption and special interest to heroic trial lawyers and evil corporations lol everything you have come to expect from John Grisham. While I didn't like it as much as the King of Torts The Broker, or The Rainmaker its still a worthwhile read if you need some fiction and enjoy a good legal/political thriller.
America has many good novelists both in present day and in our history. We also have many great social commentators and and non-fiction writers. It is a rare privileged to read a work in which both styles are mixed so excellently that it is impossible to tell which you are reading. Truth is that State of Fear is a brilliantly written novel which from a fiction stand point goes above and beyond the realm of normalcy and stretches out as a truly great and intriguing read. Full of action and exciting the reader is kept on seats edge with each new chapter and event. Throughout the piece the author weaves an intricate tale with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue. While it doesn't read like a normal social commentary or other non-fiction it is clear to me that this novel is able to address the current social condition in America better than any other source I have read.