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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.
Went back to read this book before reading Scamore Row because of all the references in the newer book. One of the only John Grisham books that I had not read.Published 5 hours ago by Linda Lewis
I'm reading this book the 2nd time and was still captivated. Great novel!!Published 12 hours ago by Kadeon Thompson-Haynes
I'm glad I reread this novel before reading the sequel. I had to be as fresh as Mr Grisham is when he writes going into the next read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Christopher D Jenkins
A great novel that will rivet you to turn the page. Plenty of consuming events and people interaction.Published 1 day ago by Penguin
Suspenseful! It was very hard to put this book down. John Grisham is excellent at holding your interest! I strongly recommend this book.Published 1 day ago by Readsalot