A Time to Kill Author:John Grisham On a spring afternoon in Clanton, Mississippi, when 10-year-old Tonya Hailey should have been attending to childlike things, two rednecks subjected her to a rape and beating so savage it would leave her scarred forever. Days later, unable to contain his grief and rage, her father, Carl Lee Hailey, took revenge against Tonya's attackers. Armed ... more »with an M-16 rifle, he pumped them full of bullets in a bloody courtroom masacre. To some, it was justice; to others, murder.
Faced with the grim prospect of the gas chamber, Carl Lee sought help from Jake Brigance, a young, ambitious attorney whose adrenaline surged as he took on Carl Lee's defense. It was a case that was attracting national attention, a case that could mean fame and fortune. In shourt, a trial lawyer's dream. For Carl Lee Hailey was black; his politically ambitious prosecutor and judge - as well as his victims - were white.
Before long, the case would transform a quiet Southern town into a battlefield, swarming with journalists and camera crews, marching Klansmen and singing civil rights groups, presided over by the National Guard. Soon, Jack Brigance would have more on his plate than he ever bargained for: a case that would shatter his life personally and professionally. In short, a trial lawyer's nightmare.« less