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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.
Great book, high suspense, well-developed characters, excellent detail.Published 2 days ago by Bea L
It made me wonder, "what would I do?' I believe he was wrong yet right... There is only one John Grisham!Published 2 days ago by Emily B.
I'm glad I read this book. I learned a lot about our jury system of justice while enjoying a good story.Published 2 days ago by Mike Estrada
I have seen movies done from John Grisham's books. I especially liked Pelican Breif. This is the first of his books that I have read. I will be reading them all.Published 2 days ago by Cindy DeBeck
I think this may just be John Grisham's best book. Really suspenseful and kept me guessing all the way. A VERY good read.Published 3 days ago by Jean Brandt
Excellent Grisham book - hard to believe this was his first published work!Published 5 days ago by Pamela S. Deering