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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.
Very good courtroom drama that centers on a father's agony and application of equal treatment under the law.Published 2 days ago by Helen Pappas
After reading a couple of his increasingly formulaic later works, I returned to Ford County and one of the works that made Grisham famous. I think I will stay here awhile. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Conchkiddoc
My favorite of all of John Grisham's novels. A legal thriller and so much more. A classic.Published 6 days ago by John P.
The story moves along at a good rate throughout, with many unexpected turns. Characters are well developed and with many human imperfections that make them almost believable.Published 7 days ago by P.J. Bartlett
Captures your attention from the first chapter and builds throughout. Stayed up late into the night to finish. Incredibly talented mystery writer.tvPublished 8 days ago by Sharon
Classic Grisham; one never knows what to expect. This was probably my favorite book of his so far. Could not put it down.Published 9 days ago by Anitra Bryant
Loved this book. Listened to this book on CD while driving last summer. Love all John Grisham books. Can't wait until next trip.Published 9 days ago by ChristaS