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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.
Haven't read a Grisham I didn't enjoy. Sobering content.Published 11 hours ago by Gunnard H. Halvorson
Very good novel. John Grisham always delivers with a good read.. I would recommend this book to anyone!Published 1 day ago by Barb Scadden
One of the best books I have read. Tells a moving and emotional story of prejudice in The Deep South (Mississippi) in early Twentieth Century.Published 1 day ago by Vermonter4000
outstanding book read it two times. I also recommended it to all my friends and relatives!!!Published 2 days ago by carlos vasquez jr.
HS been and always will be a major contribution to literature in this centuryPublished 3 days ago by Toni and Mary Brown
I could just feel myself in that small town overseeing the events as they took place! I only wish the informant didn't get it in the end.Published 4 days ago by Kak