Another great book by John Grisham. A Painted House brings us the story of a young boy, 7, in Arkansas in the summer of 1952. Luke Chandler is that boy who must help his family in their cotton fields, along with the many Mexicans and hill people his father employs. But danger lurks around the corner when a murder is committed by one of the hill people, and Luke is a witness. Mystery lurks when someone furtively begins to paint their slowly but surely, a luxury the Chandler's have yet to enjoy. A painted house sets the scene for bleaker times yet shows us how simple life used to be. Grisham provides excellent imagery of the trails and tribulations of cotton-picking farm life, shown from a sensitive boys' point of view. A Painted House is not as intense as most of Grisham's books, yet is still a great read.