Watching baseball to me is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Well, I might like it somewhat better than that cliche portends if I have a connection to one of the teams playing, but it is not something I would normally choose to do. So why did I pick up a book about baseball? I like John Grisham’s legal thrillers and I was aware that his newest book, Calico Joe was on the New York Times Bestseller list and was a fairly short book. Why not see how a good writer deviates from his normal genre?
I found myself enjoying the story and immediately getting caught up in the characters lives. The story jumps between August 1973 when a professional baseball player, Calico Joe Castle is hit in the head by a pitcher, Warren Tracey and then thirty years later when Warren Tracey is dying of cancer. Narrated by Paul Tracey, the book has a heartfelt message of righting wrongs, when Paul, estranged from his now dying father, pushes him to ask forgiveness from the man he hurt. Grisham has successfully branched out of legal thrillers with a couple other titles also, Painted House, Skipping Christmas, Bleachers, and Playing for Pizza.