- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Dell (June 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440245915
- ISBN-13: 978-0440245919
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,509 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With a chillingly calm, even delivery, Michael Beck, a regular Grisham reader (The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury), turns the narrative of this disturbing tale of racism, ignorance, and brutality into an almost visceral experience. "Cobb strung a length of quarter inch ski rope over a limb ... he grabbed her and put the noose around her head." The story is frighteningly believable and expertly crafted around a horrible crime and the tragic consequences that follow. At times, Beck's character voices can be distracting, but his efforts are generally applied to good effect, adding another level of tension to this already suspenseful look at a small Mississippi town's struggle for justice. (Running time: 17 hours, 12 cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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In this lively novel, Grisham explores the uneasy relationship of blacks and whites in the rural South. His treatment is balanced and humane, if not particularly profound, slighting neither blacks nor whites. Life becomes complicated in the backwoods town of Clanton, Mississippi, when a black worker is brought to trial for the murder of the two whites who raped and tortured his young daughter. Everyone gets involved, from Klan to NAACP. Grisham's pleasure in relating the byzantine complexities of Clanton politics is contagious, and he tells a good story. There are touches of humor in the dialogue; the characters are salty and down-to-earth. An enjoyable book, which displays a respect for Mississippi ways and for the contrary people who live there. Recommended.
- David Keymer, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Carl Lee Hailey has taken the law into his own hands. His ten year old daughter was raped and let to die by two white men. This story is set decades ago when racial tensions were very high in the south. There is repeated use of the N word which people can find offensive but based on the time period of tbis book it is something that was said frequently and people not give it a second thought.
Jake Brigance is an attorney who has agreed to represent Carl Lee who is a poor black man in the South. Jake to the case with less than a $1000 given to represent him. Carl Lee was upset when he learned that Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Wilard took his daughter and repeated raped her and disgraced her and left her foe dead. Carl wanted justice and did not think he would get it for 2 white men abusing a little black girl. Carl took matters into his own hand and served his own justice by killing those two. Now Carl is on trial.
This book follows the tensions in the South and the KKK and Carl planning to kill them and then also how Jake had to deal with the outlash from the community for representing a black man.
It was an interesting read in that this is how things were common back in the day with names said and threats. It also has Ellen, Jake assistant, a 'yankee' feom up North who views things differently than those who live in the South. I admit it was refreshing to see Jake tease Rufus Buckley, the opposing counsel and he get so mad when called the governor. Harry Rex who is in other John Grisham novels also shows up in this story as well.
The verdict at the end of the trial could go either way. I won't spoil it for you. The book could have been a bit shorter as no need to repeat about the national guard being out and the groups gathering for support but, still a good read and one of my favorite authors
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Hard to put down, a very good story
A teriffic story line. One of the best of John Grisham.