October 01, 2007 12:00 PM

by John Grisham |

REVIEWED BY JONATHAN DURBIN

NOVEL

Rick Dockery is a quarterback whose bumbling play dashes the Cleveland Browns’ Super Bowl dreams and sets the city against him. Fired, Dockery winds up playing for the Parma Panthers, a bush-league outfit in Italy. There, he matures from Ugly American to urbane sophisticate: “Rick admitted to himself that learning [some Italian]] was … a great idea if he had any hope of scoring points with the girls.” Though it’s far from Grisham’s usual courtroom drama, readers will find this odyssey of self-discovery enthralling.

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