A Time To Kill Author:John Grisham On a spring afternoon in Clanton, Mississippi, when ten year old Tonya Hailey should have been attending to childlike tihngs, 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 courthouse massacre. To some, it was justice; to others, murder.
Faced with the 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 short, a trials 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, Jake 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