JOHN GRISHAM WEAVES A WONDERFUL TALE IN GRAY MOUNTAIN. SAMANTHA HASN’T TAKEN ON AN ACTUAL LAWSUIT UNTIL HER HIGH-PACED WALL STREET CAREER CRASHES AND SHE TAKES ON A JOB IN BRADY, VIRGINIA IN A LEGAL AID CLINIC. HERE SHE LEARNS ABOUT THE BIG OIL COMPANIES AND HOW THEIR MINING IS DESTROYING THE PRISTINE APPALACHIAN LANDSCAPE. THEY ARE ALSO HARMING THE ENVIRONMENT BY DUMPING TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE EARTH THAT EVENTUALLY SEEPS INTO THE WATER OF THE NEARBY RESIDENTS. THIS IS CAUSING HIGH CANCER RATES AND DEATH IS RAMPANT. WILL SHE TAKE ON THE OIL COMPANIES FOR THE RESIDENTS IN BRADY VIRGINIA OR RUN BACK TO HER HIGH POWER JOB IN NYC?!
The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.
In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.
Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.
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