John Grisham’s newest novel proves that he is not done writing. Calico Joe is a departure from the typical legal thriller that readers have grown to love over the years. This short novel tracks the inner sanctuary of a young boy whose father is a major league pitcher – and a major league loser. This deadbeat dad mistreats his son and engages in unethical and narcissistic behavior. He intentionally “beans” a rookie prospect and effectively ends his career. The book explores the interplay between selfishness and selflessness. It alerts readers to the power of forgiveness. And it even entertains along the way.