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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.
Grisham never fails to enthrall me, I never want to put them down.Published 1 day ago by Louise Weaver
This is the second time I have read this novel and even though I knew the ending, I still loved it. This is an excellent read.Published 2 days ago by Carole J. Biccum
The is a fast read for the beach this summer. I recommend this book for a good look at the old south.Published 4 days ago by Roger B. Hansen
What an excellent story of a gut wrenching crime and the emotions that come to the surface. A hard look at making the right verdict.Published 4 days ago by Marty B.
Jake took us on an old south adventure into the dangers of standing up for equality for all. Just enough twists and turns to keep you hooked. Too bad for Mickey Mouse.Published 5 days ago by Darrel L. Hopson