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With a chillingly calm, even delivery, Michael Beck, a regular Grisham reader (The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury), turns the narrative of this disturbing tale of racism, ignorance, and brutality into an almost visceral experience. "Cobb strung a length of quarter inch ski rope over a limb ... he grabbed her and put the noose around her head." The story is frighteningly believable and expertly crafted around a horrible crime and the tragic consequences that follow. At times, Beck's character voices can be distracting, but his efforts are generally applied to good effect, adding another level of tension to this already suspenseful look at a small Mississippi town's struggle for justice. (Running time: 17 hours, 12 cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this lively novel, Grisham explores the uneasy relationship of blacks and whites in the rural South. His treatment is balanced and humane, if not particularly profound, slighting neither blacks nor whites. Life becomes complicated in the backwoods town of Clanton, Mississippi, when a black worker is brought to trial for the murder of the two whites who raped and tortured his young daughter. Everyone gets involved, from Klan to NAACP. Grisham's pleasure in relating the byzantine complexities of Clanton politics is contagious, and he tells a good story. There are touches of humor in the dialogue; the characters are salty and down-to-earth. An enjoyable book, which displays a respect for Mississippi ways and for the contrary people who live there. Recommended.
- David Keymer, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Written in 1989 and it shows. No where near the suspense of other suspense novels read. Kind of boring. Read morePublished 1 day ago by getterdun
Good book.. never had read this first book published by John Grisham. I read it because I wanted to read another Jake Brigance book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jan Pw
I enjoyed the story cause as you are reading it's feels you with and see everything as it unfold!All years I like reading David Greshams books! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Giedahsa
Having read this book previously I still enjoyed it the second time around.Published 5 days ago by Julie Macdonald
Saw the movie first and the book war more involved in the Characters. Grisham's best books.Published 7 days ago by Raul Oyarzun