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BOOK REVIEW: GRASS ROOTS
BY STUART WOODS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



Grass Roots, first published in 1989 and recently reissued in the larger paperback format, has not lost it's “ripped for the headlines” feel. When Georgia Senator Ben Carr suffers a stroke, his Chief of Staff, attorney Will Lee decides to run for the seat. Unfortunately for Lee, he is asked to serve as the public defender in a highly charged trial of a white man accused of murdering a black girl. Just being anywhere near this trial is bound to damage Lee's senate campaign, but he is determined to do what is right regardless of the consequences. And if a murder trial and a senate race aren't enough for readers, there is the vigilante group that is slowly but surely picking off members of a porno ring. The three story lines combine to bring readers back to the very corrupt, southern small town setting we enjoyed when we first met Lee in Chiefs.

It was interesting reading this book twenty years after it's original publication for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the book has aged well. The hate groups, TV evangelists with less than godly agendas and political corruption that play such an important role in this book are sadly, still very much with us today. Unfortunately, many things besides who is actually the better candidate too often still decides our elections. That said, while many of the social factors are still in play today, the author's efforts to stereo type members of the various nutty groups as Republican is the author's personal political commentary and detracts form an otherwise fine story. Secondly, I was struck by how much more I enjoyed rereading this book than I have enjoyed some of the author's newer titles. I'm not saying I don't enjoy his more current works-I do, but I think the books with Will Lee are so much better at building the suspense for the reader than the newer books.

While someone who has never read this book is in for a great read, readers who read Grass Roots years ago should do themselves a favor and pick it up again.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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