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454 Challenging Pages
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 24, 2023
Many years ago, Eastern European families would immigrate to America, a land of dreams compared to the countries they came from. Many families would immigrate to the same place in the southern United States. Biloxi, Mississippi, was especially popular. There were jobs in the seafood industry. These new immigrants brought their religion, their work ethic and shared interests. Well, perhaps not all.
Over time, some families found opportunities to get rich quickly. To do so, would mean participating in activities that were illegal. The Malco family was one family that entered the darker side of gambling, bootleg liquor and prostitution. Clubs were built. They were popular. The law was on the side of those that built these businesses. They were on their side, because they were corrupt and did not enforce certain laws, because they were paid well by the business owners. The dark industry grew, but not in a positive way.
Young boys that played sports together and were friends, eventually went in the direction of their fathers. Hugh Malco followed the path of his father. Hugh became a mobster. Keith Rudy, the one-time buddy of Hugh, followed his father. His father became an attorney. Keith became an attorney. His father became a District Attorney for the state. The father wanted to root out crime. He had opposition. The two forces exploded.
Author John Grisham’s latest novel “The Boys from Biloxi” was released on October 18, 2022. It immediately went on the best seller list and remains there today. This reader immediately purchased the book, but waited to read it, to savor it. This reader has all the John Grisham novels in hardcover. This novel, however, is different from his other novels. The story seemed interesting, but went on and on. There were a lot of characters to keep straight. At times this reader wondered where the author is going with this story.
The novel is 454 Pages. The novel has 59 Chapters, spread over four Parts. Interest in the story for this reader began at Part 3 The Prisoners, which began at page 283. Part 4 The Row, which began at page 401 brought the story together. This reader finished the story, but was happy to move onto another novel by another author.