Recommended novel: The Appeal, by John Grisham

Click to buy.John Grisham paints a bleak picture of how justice can be bought and sold in America.

After a chemical factory sickens the residents of a small town, a team of local attorneys secures a colossal — and precedent-setting — payout for one of its many victims. But before an appeal can reach the Mississippi Supreme Court, the factory’s owner sets about replacing a centrist judge on the state bench with one that is controlled by industry.

This gloomy tale of environmental injustice reveals the shortcomings of the very concept of judicial elections.

— John Upton