Escapist literature that I've read - or attempted to read ...
The Confession by John Grisham. Thumbs up, for this legal thriller. Unlike Grisham, I (generally) don't disapprove of the death penalty. Chapter 29 (no spoilers here) is a heartbreaker. Recommended reading for Mr. Grisham. Also a heartbreaker.
The Overton Windown by Glenn Beck. Thumbs down. A mishmash of pointless prose designed to fire up right-wing populists. After 60 pages, I quit.
The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith. Jury's still out/Undecided. The story is set in Edinburgh, Scotland (a plus), and Isabel Dalhousie doubles as a philosopher and detective (another plus). The plot, however, was a non-event, despite its 'charm' and 'quirks.'
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. Thumbs up, despite it being a bit too gritty and gratutious. It features Mickey Haller, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of a Lincoln Town Car. A driven fella in more ways than one. Connelly gets extra credit for the plot twists and spartan writing style.
True Grit by Charles Portis. Thumbs down, if you seen the movie(s), thumbs up, if you haven't.