- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
- Format: Paperback | 10 pages
- Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
- Publication date: 1 May 2003
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0440211727
- ISBN 13: 9780440211723
- Sales rank: 18,211
In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence... as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town... Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life... and then his own...
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John Grisham is the author of Skipping Christmas, The Summons, A Painted House, The Brethren, The Testament, The Street Lawyer, The Partner, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and A Time to Kill. He lives with his family in Mississippi and Virginia.
By Colleen 06 Aug 2013
"...I'll be honest with you guys. Courtroom drama and legal thrillers are not really my thing. Sure, I am studying criminal justice as a minor, but my concentration is in forensics: I'm more interested in the investigation and laboratory analysis side of things, not so much the hanging-around-in-a-courthouse-and-meeting-with-lawyers side of things. So if this book had not been assigned for the criminal justice class I've been taking this summer, I would probably not have ever bothered to pick this up. It was my first time reading Grisham, and may well be the last. I know he is a best-selling author, but this just was not for me. I haven't seen the movie adaptation, so maybe adding a live-action element makes the story more compelling, but as far as the book goes, I was actually pretty bored through about 99% of it...
...Anyway, so I couldn't find anything about the characters that I liked. When it comes to the story, I wasn't very invested in that, either. The bulk of it is just Jake and everyone else boozing it up and somehow managing to prepare some kind of a defense for the trial...
...The only part of the book I found remotely enthralling is at the very end, during the jury deliberations. I don't want to say too much, because if you're like me and you'd never read this book (or never seen the movie either, I guess), I don't want to give too much away, but I doubt if I'll be going out of my way to watch the film and I probably won't be reading much more Grisham, if any..."
(For the full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger)
"Grisham's pleasure in relating the Byzantine complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is contagious and he tells a good story...An enjoyable book." -- Library Journal. "Grisham excels!" -- Dallas Times Herald.