For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption and vice, everything from gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and drugs to contract killings. The vice was controlled by a small cabal of mobsters, many of them rumored to be members of the Dixie Mafia.
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi in the sixties and were childhood friends, as well as Little League all-stars. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to “clean up the Coast.” Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father’s footsteps. Hugh preferred the nightlife and worked in his father’s clubs. The two families were headed for a showdown, one that would happen in a courtroom.
Life itself hangs in the balance in The Boys from Biloxi, a sweeping saga ri
ch with history and with a large cast of unforgettable characters.MoreLess
Guest 2 months agoAnother great Grisham read. Two young boys are great friends and athletes in Biloxi Mississippi One has a father who is an attorney. The other father is a big player in the illegal activities (prostitution, gambling and illegal alcohol) and police corruption in the city. The book follows as their lives grow apart and both end up working with their fathers. The characters are fascinating, the story interesting and the book was hard to put down. Found this to be a great read. Highly recommend.
Guest 2 months agoGrisham delivers again with this legal thriller. The story was masterfully told over the span of more than 40 years. There was so much background story and history. The reader really got to know the characters and become invested in what happened to them. I liked the profound yet simple ending to the story.
The narrator ( Michael Beck) is the same man who reads all of Grisham's books, I think. He reads with the perfect Mississippi accent.
Guest 2 months agoThe book held me captive from the beginning. Having worked in the south and been to Biloxi many times, it was easy to be absorbed into the setting. Visited Biloxi after Katrina and saw a hint of how Camille devastated the area. The great storyteller that Grisham is brought the sights and sounds and smells of the Mississippi coast back to mind.
Guest 2 months agoThis was a good read but I have one or two reservations. I enjoyed reading about the historical context of Biloxi. I believe context is important before beginning a story. It's the gift packaging before opening the present. However, the plethora of characters introduced early in the narrative left me slightly confused. Ultimately, that problem did not matter as the main characters emerged with ample descriptions not only of their appearance but, more importantly, of their motivations. I highly recommend The Boys from Biloxi.
Guest 2 months agoI have read many of Grishams books and was quite taken back when I couldn't follow the plot. I put the book aside and read five books by a different author before picking this book up again and giving it another try. Thankfully, it improved and I was able to follow the characters. Still, I could not give it my usual high rating. There was too much going on and too many characters.
Guest 2 months agoThis book read like a narrative as opposed to a novel. I felt as though I was reading the Closed Captions of a News Broadcast. I'm not keen on novels that excessively uses flowery prose or authors that overuse the thesaurus to impress me with their usage of the English language. However, this novel could have used a little of that. The book might have worked for me if it were a non-fictional story but instead the characters came across as stereotypical and one dimensional.
Again, I seem to be in the minority on this as the Critics and Goodread"ers" seem to have liked it. I think I'll stick to historical and historical fiction as I never seem to be disappointed in those reads.
Guest 2 months agoThis is a family/legal drama as well as a sort of coming of age story. This book does a fabulous job of building the characters and as a reader you grow to love some, not love some, and empathize with most. This is a book about testing the limits of what you'd do to protect your own, of gangs, crime, drugs, and small town connections. Another fabulous book from John Grisham.