Theodore Boone: The Fugitive: Theodore BooneBy: John Grisham
Rating: 3 Star
I didn't initially realise until recently that John Grisham had a new series of books aimed at a young adult audience.
When I first started reading The Fugitive though, I could immediately tell that it had been written for a totally different audience than 'A Time to Kill'.
Theodore Boone is a normal teenage boy, except he's a lawyer and also has a useful habit of solving crimes.
During a school trip to Washington he spots a wanted fugitive called Pete Duffy on the subway and aids in his recapture by the FBI.
Back in his hometown of Strattenberg, Theo is caught up in the drama of the Pete Duffy trial which the whole town is watching closely.
Throughout the story, Grisham employs a technique where Theo's friends will ask him aspects about the trial so that Theo can explain US law to them. This is a similar approach to Grisham's style of info-tainment used in his other books to bring legal arguments to life.
In this book it feels a little forced though; it was hard to imagine your typical teenagers sitting and debating aspects of bail bonds etc.
The Fugitive is a quick, light read. The plot moves along in a pretty straight curve and at a good pace. My rating as an adult reading it was 3 out of 5 star.