Summary

The multi-million copy best-selling thriller that introduced Jake Brigance to Clanton and inspired a sequel, Sycamore Row.
When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his 10-year-old daughter, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer. But in the maelstrom of Clanton, it is also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed.
©1992 John Grisham (P)1992 Random House, LLC
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"Grisham is an absolute master!" ( The Washington Post)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 02-08-18

This is Why I Love John Grisham!

John Grisham has written some wonderful books but recently I haven't been quite so enthralled by some of his output. Hardly surprising he's fairly prolific so it's pretty unlikely they would all be classics! This however is most definitely classic Grisham, even though I first read it in the nineties the seemingly timeless nature of the southern US states still made it feel fresh again. This type of story is Grisham's home patch, street lawyers, prejudice and simply crackling courtroom scenes. Some of the twists in this one you'll recognise as having been repeated many times in fiction since.

The great thing is that in building his tangled web of motivations, prejudices and motives he avoids creating any characters that are whiter than white. Everyone from the local preachers to the defendant to Jake Brigance himself all have their flaws and less than completely honourable objectives. It's really clever stuff and for a relatively long story moves fast and covers the events from multiple viewpoints. Michael Beck does a great job of bringing Grisham's disparate cast to life for us with some very excellent character voices. I particularly enjoyed his pompous judges!

For me Grisham with his large back catalogue to explore is always a go to guy when I'm in the mood for a legal thriller and if you aren't familiar with his work this is a good place to start.

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5 out of 5 stars
By chillyt on 31-05-15

Brilliant book

it was well worth listening to although upsetting at times .

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mervyn on 10-09-18

A worldwide problem of racism.

Legislative details are very extensive. The racist barriers very real. Without the skin we are all the same.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 12-05-17

Loved it. Excellent narrator. Highly recommended.

A brilliant narrator and a wonderful story well written and I really enjoyed it !

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