A Time to Kill (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Time to Kill 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 ...
- Published: 01 May 2003
- Format: Paperback 10 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780440211723 ISBN 10: 0440211727
- Sales rank: 16,167
Reviews for A Time to Kill
- Top review
A legal thriller that was not really all that thrilling
"...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) by Colleen