7 Jan 2018

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Book Review / A Time to Kill by John Grisham

Before The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...Clanton, Mississippi.

The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes matters into his hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own.

Published:     1989
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


John Grisham is an author I have loved since my teenage years but I have only ever read a few of his books.  This is one of those that falls into the category of I really want to read all his books but never get around to it and is something I am going to change this year. Of course, John Grisham has to be the first author I catch up with, starting with his first book.

This was a very uncomfortable read but one that I enjoyed reading, if you could possibly mix those two words together in one sentence - uncomfortable and enjoyable.  This story explores racial justice but not just that it explores the dynamics of a small town, how they all interact and how they deal with a case like this.  There so many twists and turns, back hand deals and if you know the right person you never know what you can do.

If I had to pick my favourite character in this book it has to be Jake.  Jake is the lawyer who is representing the victim's father who has been arrested and faces trial for shooting his daughter's attackers.  He obviously knows what he is doing and how to play the game.  I enjoyed following him as he works his way through the hurdles he has to face.