There's a reason why John Grisham is so popular--he's really good at telling a story without too many words or extraneous details to get in the way. "Calico Joe" isn't my favorite of his books, but it's a fun, quick read that also has heart. The baseball scenes really jump off the page and are fun to read. I like the way the narrative goes back and forth from the 70s to today so it takes a while to figure out exactly what happened. The ending felt a bit too easy and cheesy as well, but overall I enjoyed the story.