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“Textbook Grisham—and that’s a compliment…a briskly paced legal drama, with just the right amount of suspense, conflict, plot twists, and courtroom theatrics.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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- File size : 2383 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Publication date : October 13, 2020
- Publisher : Doubleday (October 13, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B087PKF9LZ
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- Best Sellers Rank: #12 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Welcome back to Clanton, where most of us met Jake, (Carla, Judge Noose, Sheriff Ozzie), in “A Time to Kill” and became fans of his and Grisham. This story is not heavily entrenched with racial issues. In its place are issues of: social class, blue lives, alcoholism, rape, spousal abuse, small town corruption and much more.
There’s no need for me to rehash the plot any more specifically; the synopsis is quite clear and others are sure to do so. What I will mention is Grisham’s extraordinary ability to develop characters. The children in this story have had an horrific, oppressive and abusive existence. They love their mother but her ability to parent is abysmal. The depth of their need and lack is compassionately revealed by Grisham’s careful prose and spot on dialogue.
Grisham’s brilliance is equally evident in the antagonists and there are a few. None of them are great literary figures that readers will refer to for ages to come. These are the baddies that resonate in your soul; that you recognize from your town, neighborhood; God forbid, your family. There’s no superhero performing miraculous feats to conquer these monsters, just nice guys doing the right thing, putting their all on the line at great personal cost; totally inspiring!
The story contains two mysteries and 2 arcs. Consequently, there are two endings, of sorts. This open aspect of the book was rather unique, at least in my experience. My recollection is that Grisham tied up his endings in previous books. Perhaps this happened in the books I took a pass on, (I’d quit reading many of his books due to formulaic fodder), but there are issues purposely left for future purposes. If those volumes are of this caliber and involve the new characters, I’m all about it!
In true Grisham style, the writing is clear of foul language and descriptive sexual or violent scenes. There are very tension filled chapters that include violence - it is after all, a book about murder, rape and abuse. This author knows how to write without resorting to single f word modifiers and over written, graphic literary explosions that take the place of finely nuanced prose.
Professionally published & edited, it is indeed a “Time for Mercy”📚
A total waste of my hard earned money. Who at Doubleday is responsible for quality control? I can imagine I’ll be told we are facing Covid-19 and we are doing the best we can. Then, don’t charge $18 for a crappy product.
At the opening of the story Jake and another attorney are working on a lawsuit against the railroad. Four people were killed in an accident when their car slammed into one of the train's cars and the two are representing the family of the deceased. The prospective settlement looks to be a very substantial amount of money and Jake's share would be more than sufficient to handle all his financial problems. The work on the case looks to be interrupted when Jake is pushed into the defense of a 16 year old boy that has killed the man whose home he, his sister and mother had been living in.
The man Drew Gamble killed was a deputy with the sheriff's department and had an excellent record as a police officer. He had met Drew's mother at a bar and been drawn into inviting the woman to move into his home. He had never been happy with the need to also house and feed her two children and did his best to let them know that they were living with him due only to his good will. His treatment of the family was an abusive one and exacerbated whenever he came home drunk.
The story starts when Stuart Kofer the deputy, comes home from a night of drinking and begins a rampage against Josie and her two children. He reaches the point where he knocks out the woman and her body laying unmoving appears to the children that he has killed her. He then starts after the girl. Drew thinks that Stu will also kill his sister, manages to grab the deputy's gun and shoots him dead. Admitting that he did shoot the deputy Drew is arrested and jailed pending arraignment. The residents of the town quickly demand that Drew be treated as an adult and executed for the crime. The family has no money to hire an attorney and Jake Brigance is asked by the judge who will try the case to handle the defense. Jake takes the job with the proviso that a permanent attorney be found to take over the case as he is tied up with the details of the suite against the railroad and doesn't have the time to represent Drew.
Mr. Grisham's descriptions of the preparations and the trial are vivid and bring the reader right into the scenario of a popular police officer being killed. The officer's family is a large one and influential in the town, a factor which does not help Drew's situation. Where the situation takes all concerned is very well set up, and as I indicated conducive to reading a mesmerizing book and not being able to put it down until the end. A five star book, of course, but with a quality that takes it to a place among the top writings of the author and placing it at the pinnacle of his novels.
I hope no spoilers and this is helpful enough to want to read a top 6 Thriller
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This is an embarrassment to the publisher, author & distributor.
Can’t even read it !!!!
A total mess that has created a totally unnecessary waste of time in resolving!!!!!!!
I'm still reading this book, or, maybe I should say "trying" to read the book. Why? Pages are messed up. There's duplicated pages, missed pages, and pages completely out of order in this book. Quality control obviously was not done on this printing, unfortunately. The errors (and there's quite a few) make it difficult to follow the narrative, as you end up searching for the next page in sequence only to find out it's not in the book, but the publishers have included two copies of another page. This happens far more often than it should (a single mistake I could forgive...many I cannot). In this day of digital printing of book signatures, I understand this can happen, but you'd think with a book from a well-known author like Grisham that there would be some review before shipping. A total disappointment as a published book.
As for the novel itself, it's typical Grisham so far, although I have yet to get through it all. When I do, I'll update this review.
If you want to buy and read this book, wait for the next printing when hopefully the stupid errors by the publishers are fixed.
Update: I managed to get through the mess of the pages and there's the same mess of page numbering towards the end of the book, right where the court story gets interesting (and hence gets missed). So what about the story, ignoring the screwup on printing? Well, it's typical Grisham. I mean that as a positive comment. The story grabs you and keeps you enthralled in the narrative, giving you the "one more page" feeling that readers love to have. The story is not complex: an abusive, oft-drunk policeman regularly beats his girlfriend and abuses her two kids; one night he knocks her unconscious and her 16-year-old kid grabs the man's revolver and shoots him dead. The unravelling of the case continues as with several previous novels, and has a few nice twists and turns, commentary on the legal system, commentary on the back-woods environments, and so on. It's a good story, and I enjoyed reading it. If not for the poor printing, this would be another five-star Grisham book. If you can get a version that does not have messed-up printing, you'll enjoy the book!