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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.
Always enjoy Grisham. .language hard sometimes, but true to region & times..deep southPublished 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not sure if this is Grisham's best novel but it sure is my favorite. I'm more familiar with his more recent work and after reading a number of his books I decided to check out... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Marco Sibaja
Great story.....well written...I have read this mutiple times...I feel this is his best book...I have read all of his books more than once...Published 1 day ago by Robert O'Bryan
it is a wonderfully written story. Spellbound and a real pageturner. Never a dull moment and a pleasure to readPublished 1 day ago by J. Mohr