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The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy. Because he's lived in Oxford, Mississippi, Grisham gets compared to Faulkner, but he's really got the lean style and fierce folk moralism of John Steinbeck. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The protagonist is a jerk. He doesn't care that his dog died in a fire. He doesn't care that his actions cause his secretary's husband to be beaten to death. Read morePublished 1 day ago by sadhaka
Very good but no comparison to Grisham's follow-up novel, Sycamore Row (not really a sequel but with some of the same characters). Read morePublished 1 day ago by Phily Love
Well written. Accomplished style. Good plot and depiction of "deep South" law. Characterisation both complete yet limited in scope and growth. Read morePublished 1 day ago by M C Dempsey
To date, I have read all of John Grisham's books. I have now re-read many of them, including "A Time to Kill. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Russ Kimball
Goog read; holds your attention throughout. Recommended, especially if you are a John Grisham fan.Published 4 days ago by W. Ford
I love this book, For me it was such a relief to just be lost in the plot and live inside the story forgetting all about television and the bad shallow news. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Najah Linda Delaney