The Reckoning Author:John Grisham Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the Church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murde... more »r wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton—was "I have nothing to say." And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.
In this, the author's 40th novel, Grisham takes a trip back to Clanton, Mississippi, where Pete Banning -- a family patriarch, war here, good neighbor, and good Methodist -- walks in to the church one crisp October morning in 1946 and shoots the Rev. Dexter Bell to death. All he says is, "I have nothing to say."« less