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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.
This book would have been a great short story. It dragged on and on forever and ever and ever! The story certainly wasn't worthy of 500 plus pages. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Roberta
It was a page turner, as is usual with a Grisham book. But the ending left me flat. Too many loose ends.Published 2 days ago by Shari
A good read, but I was disappointed that neither Row Ark or her father played a role or was mentioned in final outcome.Published 2 days ago by Sunbird
Didn't think it was his best work, lots left unaddressed at the end.Published 3 days ago by Debbie Waldron
Although not a crime thriller, the book deals with many race issues in a small southern town. The book questions whether revenge is ever justified and makes you ask yourself how... Read morePublished 3 days ago by kendra855
Loved it from start to finish. A must read! I found it got a little slow in the middle as the main characters were preparing for trial, but I still whole-heatedly give it 5 stars.Published 3 days ago by Maria Kolodziej