This is quite different from the usual Grisham's legal thrillers. There are the crimes, of course, and the thrilling aspect side of things but the legal factor is missing. More prominently, the story is told from a 7 year old boy.I think Grisham has done well with this perspective. There were moments where you would think 'oh, that's just selfish / absured' but then you realised that we're talking about a young boy here and this is just what they would think. I can't tell though how authentic the whole Southern culture / tradition etc.What amazed me is that just how resourceful 7 year old boy can be and just how much they know (ie. they're curious creatures and will do many things to find out sometimes to their detriments).