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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.
Enjoyable read. You never knew what the outcome was going to be. You could really feel the tension on both sides.Published 1 hour ago by Debbie G
One of the first of John Grisham novels. Its interesting and keeps the reader connected throughoutPublished 1 day ago by Vasant Abhyankar
I read this after Sycamore Row so it was a little too much the same and not so good . I enjoy Grisham but needed something differentPublished 1 day ago by barbara ohlemacher
An excellent book, After reading the pelican brief , and now this one, I can understand how readers like John Grisham. My next book will be The Litigators.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
love Grisham's characters. sycamore row was a good one too and hope to read more with Jake and Harry rexPublished 2 days ago by rtcpa