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The Last Juror: A Novel (Grisham, John) Hardcover – March 1, 2004
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When it comes, the dénouement is no surprise; The Last Juror is less a story of suspense than a study of the often idyllic southern town of Clanton, Mississippi (the setting for Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill). Throughout the nine years between Padgitt's trial and release, Traynor finds acceptance in Clanton, where the people "don't really trust you unless they trusted your grandfather." He grows from a long-haired idealist into another of the town's colorful characters--renovating an old house, sporting a bowtie, beloved on both sides of the color line, and the only person to have attended each of the town's 88 churches at least once. The Last Juror returns Grisham to the courtroom where he made his name, but those who enjoyed the warm sentiment of his recent novels (Bleachers, A Painted House) will still find much to love here. --Benjamin Reese
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His style of writing is just easy to follow and the pace is the same way.
"The Last Juror" does not disappoint! It starts from a slightly different point of view for him but it immediately gets you involved in the storyline. You want to know what is coming and how you will be getting there. The novel gives you the feeling that you are actually there "on site" with the characters and living the days as they see them too.
Great story teller and this story is well worth telling and reading. I encourage those who like fiction to pick this one up- it will be hard to put down.
I would recommend this book if you enjoy Grisham or if you are looking for something entertaining to read.
Through endearing new characters, Grisham gives us another dramatic story unfolding in the stew of racial prejudices, economic disparity, and corruption. The local folks are trying to live out otherwise simple lives while clinging to their patriotism and their individual and collective faith in God. But, the folks in Clanton keep buzzing with opinions and concern as their little community is influenced by ever evolving events and citizens.
Though Grisham's skilled story telling, we get to know the citizens of this southern community and the colorful characters who will later interact with young lawyer Jake Brigance. Its folksy, its drmagic, and its enjoyable. We find new people to like and some to not like. Despite all its flaws, we root for Clanton and hope it survives itself. And, looking through the lens of that small community, Grisham allows us to examine our own thoughts on many subjects which permeate America. But, the introspection invited is far less demanding than what erupts in A Time to Kill.
The Last Juror is further enjoyable proof that Grisham can write American life and when doing so, we feel subtle connections to another great American author: Mark Twain.
In this one, you get to follow the storyline of Willie Traynor, newspaper editor, from his unfortunate beginnings to his final great success. The legal twists and turns we find him encounter along the way are mesmerizing. (I have two lawyers in my family.) I love the way Grisham likes to throw in his real feelings about the law as it's too often practiced, as with David Zinc, an attorney who's just had enough, in The Litigators. And finally, Grisham's being from Mississippi allows him to include in the novel his knowledge of the plight of the African-American people, as in my favorite, A Time To Kill. In fact, I think these three points that we see in so many of his novels, are what draws me to him. But in all of Grisham's novels, it's the constant suspense, the "watch the sun come up" mark of a superior story-teller. (I always read in bed.) There have been only two or three authors in my adult lifetime who have affected me this way. Jeanette
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In this book, he treats all Christian denominations with respect and that too I found pleasing.
It was also good to see him take his principal character out of the roll of lawyer whilst still managing to weave the tale around the courtroom.
Almost without exception I have thought his novels to be worthy of transferring to the screen believing that they would make great box office movies, far more interesting than much of the modern garbage and constant remakes currently appearing on the screen's of late.
Can't go wrong with Grisham really can you?
Grisham's intimate knowledge of life in the deep south provides a history lesson wrapped in a gripping tale of a young professional not afraid to challenge discrmination and wrong-doing.