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A Time to Kill (Penguin Readers, Level 5)
A Time to Kill - Penguin Readers, Level 5
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780582364103
ISBN-10: 0582364108
Publication Date: 3/28/2000
Edition: 1st
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Pearson ESL
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
A gripping courtroom drama about a young girl whose life has been shattered by 2 drunken and remorseless young men. Her father decides to take matters into his own hands with an assault rifle. A town then is in flames and on different sides.

An interesting book with twists and turns.
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Helpful Score: 5
A young father seeks revenge for the brutal attack on his daughter. The trial that follows and the events surrounding the trial keep you reading to the last page. Very thought provoking book.
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Helpful Score: 4
This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi, is John Grisham's first novel, and his favorite of his first six. He polished it for three years and every detail shines like pebbles at the bottom of a swift, sunlit stream. Grisham is a born legal storyteller and his dialogue is pitch perfect.
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Helpful Score: 4
This one will get you ALL riled up and rooting for the main character. A great read, and one of Grisham's best.
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racial tension and the brillant author has again hit upon subjects and characters that keep us guessing.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another great novel by John Grisham. The characters keep you interested and even holding your breath as you anticipate what may happen!
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One of the best Grisham novels.
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John Grisham's first (and in my opinion, best) novel. This book delves into the controversial issues of discrimination, freedom of speech, ethics in law, and vigilante justice. I used this book in my high school English class, and we had many in-depth discussions.
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Awesome. A great read even if you've seen the movie.
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This book got John Grisham's career started. An intense and powerful story, which was made into a movie with Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock. A great read!
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My first Grisham, and I loved it. This one is definately better than the others. The movie didn't do it total justice.
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Very good book. Most literary of all Grisham's books. Less a thriller, and more an intellectually suspenseful book. Quite well done.
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THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK, IF YOU'VE SEEN THE MOVIE, THEN YOU'LL ENJOY THE BOOK.

IT IS A LITTLE DISTURBING READING THE SCENES WHERE THE LITTLE GIRL IS ABUSED BECAUSE IT IS PRETTY GRAPHIC, BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK THAT I HAVE READ MORE THAN ONCE!
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An unspeakable crime has been committed upon a ten year old girl. But what happens when it is entirely possible that the men who committed this crime will go free? Does the father of the child have the right to take justice into his hands and what will happen to him if he does? This is a great read by a master storyteller, John Grisham
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"A Time to Kill" is one of Grishams' best stories. It is his the first book he wrote and has been re-released. It is a story of a gruesome crime and the racial emotions os the not so distant past. It does keep your attention from beginning to end. Every parent will relate to "A Time to Kill".
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Helpful Score: 1
Great Grisham as always.
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very good book. better than the movie. and i loved the movie. enjoy.
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John Grisham's novel that probes the savage depths of racial violence. This is one of his best.
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What else could you expect from Grisham? Grisham takes on hard, and sometimes, harsh storyline and makes you stop and think....can you take justice in your own hands? As always, Grisham's deep detail makes you become a "part" in the book. Meaning you can sit back and say would I do the same thing? This was a page turner from the first page.
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Another hit by Grisham- very emotional book and hard to out done.
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This is one of Grisham's best works. If you like John Grisham, you have to read A Time to Kill. Very intense and gripping, it delivers as only Grisham can.
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I loved this book like I love most of Grisham's novels! Extremely fast paced, twisting and emotional plot, and humor that comes out of nowhere to catch you off guard and laughing despite yourself. Since everyone knows this story I won't get into that, all I'll say that this is a MUST for every Grisham fan and a great one to start with if you aren't.
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HIs first and a classic.
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When you read this book, you understand why it was so instrumental in making Grisham so famous. Because I saw the movie and wasn't so impressed, I almost didn't read this book. Even more then most, this book absolutely blows the movie away. It will keep you glued to the pages!
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Excellent early Grisham.
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Great book!!!
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Another great one from John Grisham
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Grisham's first novel and still one of his best.
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Great John Grissom thriler!!
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Set in Mississippi, white injustice to blacks but this time justice takes a different form.
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My favorite Grisham, hands down.
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Grisham first, and his best!
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John Grisham is a master at getting your attention and holding it throughout the book. I wouldn't put this up if I didn't have 2 copies. I think his books are even better than the movies Hollywood has been making from them.
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The place - Clanton, Mississippi. "The life of a ten-year old black girl is shattered by a brutal rape and torturous assault by two drunken and remorseless young white men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father, Carl Lee Hailey gets his hands on an M-16 assault rifle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands by blowing the two men away!". "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 clients life..." This book is infused with images of the NAACP, the reemergence of the once defunct KKK, the confrontation of these two organizations causes some raw human drama - which you get to share. Given Grisham's tendency to "ramble on", (by his own admission), what I found most impressive was his way of reaching out of the pages and grabbing your attention and sucking you into story immediately from the beginning! I'll leave it to you, the reader, to determine if you think the outcome was correct or not - whatever your decision, I'm sure you'll find it satisfying! I promised my wife I would read this book, along with "The Firm" because she gave them to me for Xmas one year. Besides, she IS a lawyer, and I'm sure she could come up with some verbal agreement breach, if I didn't read them. In the end, I'm glad I did! Thanks for lookin'
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Grisham's books are always good!
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A story of racial violence, a father's revenge, and a small southern town's struggle for justice.
Grisham's first novel, and many readers say his best!
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Very excellent story from Grisham! #1 favorite author
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This is a Grisham classic which has been made into a movie, about the defense of a black man accused of murder of men who raped his 10 year old daughter. EXCELLENT reading
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I love all of John Grisham's book!
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I loved this one!
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Girl is raped and left for dead and town is divided by race. Great book.
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edge of your seat reading!
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A 10-year-old black girl is beaten and raped by two drunken rednecks, and her father takes justice into his own hands. In his own inimitable style, John Grisham tells the story of how attorney Jake Brigance attempts to save the life of the girl's father (and his own), while the Ku Klux Klan burns crosses and black people from all over the Southeast converge on Clanton, Mississippi to march in support of his client.
A Time To Kill is John Grisham at his very best!
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The action in this book doesn't stop from beginning to end. It's a page-turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly Recommended.
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Fantastic read. I am sure you heard of it, wonderfull book!
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The book was very long winded. However, every scene and detail built the story up. There were no boring parts.

There were some very graphic scene and the "N-word" was used extensively so read with caution if those things offend you!
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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 justice into his own outraged 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...
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EXCELLENT! GRIPPING! Read before you watch the movie!!!!
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This is an abridged version of the book. It has been simplified so as to be read and understood by an upper intermediate learner of the English language.
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A Southern town is shocked when a 10-year-old black girl is raped by two white men--until the girl's father takes the law into his own hands.
the cardboard box this audiobook comes in has gotten wet and is very worn as it has traveled a lot but the tapes work great
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2 cassettes - Abridged
Amazon.com
This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi, is John Grisham's first novel, and his favorite of his first six. He polished it for three years and every detail shines like pebbles at the bottom of a swift, sunlit stream. Grisham is a born legal storyteller and his dialogue is pitch perfect.

The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy. Because he's lived in Oxford, Mississippi, Grisham gets compared to Faulkner, but he's really got the lean style and fierce folk moralism of John Steinbeck. --Tim Appelo
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


Amazon.com Audiobook Review
With a chillingly calm, even delivery, Michael Beck, a regular Grisham reader (The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury), turns the narrative of this disturbing tale of racism, ignorance, and brutality into an almost visceral experience. "Cobb strung a length of quarter inch ski rope over a limb ... he grabbed her and put the noose around her head." The story is frighteningly believable and expertly crafted around a horrible crime and the tragic consequences that follow. At times, Beck's character voices can be distracting, but his efforts are generally applied to good effect, adding another level of tension to this already suspenseful look at a small Mississippi town's struggle for justice. --George Laney
--This text refers to the Unabridged Audio Cassette edition.
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Good book, but somewhat predictable. It kept my interest to read on.
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Great read.
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Clanton, Mississippi. The lefe 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 assult rifle---and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits speelbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own...
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John Grisham is a great novelist!
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Much More detail then the Movie.
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This was the first John Grisham novel I ever read and after I was totally hooked! Great story that brings forth many emotions.
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My favorite Grisham book.
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This was exciting to read. The characters he creates in the small town were very interesting, sometimes edgy types.
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This is Grisham's first book, and in my opinion, it is his best.
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Very good book, hard to put down
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If you're a John Grisham fan, this is another great book!
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The story was okay. But way too much use of the "N" word. It may have been the way they talked back then but I feel it was used more than necessary. Too many gaps.
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My very first and very favorite Grisham novel. One of the few where the movie is just as good (and having Matthew McConaughay as the main character certainly doesn't hurt!)
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My favortive John Grisham book!
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John Grisham at his best.
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Good book. Hard to put down.
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Good Grisham book!
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Another great Grisham book.
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's Grisham's first, and is the prequel to his most recent release Sycamore Row. A friend recommended that I read this before reading the new book, and I truly couldn't put it down. It takes place in the early days of desegregation and brings that era back in full force. It's full of twists and turns that left me racing to see what happened. Excellent read.
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Great book. Awesome legal presentations from both sides.
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Young black girl is raped by two white men, and her father takes justice into his own hands. Burning crosses, fire, chaos as the young attorney tries to save his client's life. Good read.
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one of my favorite Grisham novels.
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I'm not the biggest Grisham fan...but this book is awesome. Of the three or four books of his that I have read, this is hands down the best.
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Grisham's first book--but wow, what a good one! Who doesn't sympathize with the man on trial, whose daughter was brutalized?
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Awsome book!!
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This book is well written and tells a good story. But it was hard to
read. I finally had to skip the the first chapter. This was too real.
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Emotional drama..great read..
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A good story. Uses the n word a lot though.
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One of Grisham's BEST.
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One of the best Grisham novels.
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Racial struggles in the south
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One of Grisham's best novels. The life of a ten year old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men.
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Grisham's first & absoluely one of his best!
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John Grisham. Need I say more?
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One of Grisham's better books.
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Very addictive!! Could not put this one down!
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John Grisham at his best. Well developed characters and a nail biting plot.
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Great character development and story. Not a typical Grisham book.
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John Grisham is the best! Excellent book.
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A savage death in Mississippi - a 10 year old girl is killed by two drunken louts. A compelling story.
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John Grisham is very well known for his legal thrillers and this one, in my opinion, is the best one he has done. The story is set in small town Mississippi and is filled with gritty characters in intolerable situations. There are more bad guys per capita than in most of his novels and they combine to form an explosive mixture that is pure entertainment. As always, he creates vivid and believable characters and situations as the very good storyteller that he is.
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John Grisham at his finest!
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My fave Grisham book of all time
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Better than the movie.
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A Time to Kill by John Grisham is his first and best book. This is the story of Carl Lee Hailey who gets his revenge on some white trash who attacked his daughter and it is about the lawyer, Jake Brigance, who defends him. It is a page turner that will have you glued from the 1st page.
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If you've only seen the movie, i HIGHLY recommend you pick up this book. It's one of those books you cannot put down until you finish it.
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This is one of the best Grisham novels I have ever read! I could not put it down. The characters were so real and excitement that builds to very end can be felt deeply. Makes one so very aware of the racial tension that still exists, especially in the south. Very moving story.
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Though the story is about a trial, it is not a courtroom story. This book is about motive and how race figures into motive. An excellent plot with get dialogue and in-depth characterizations.
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One of my favorite books. Grisham is the master storyteller. The cover of my paperback is different than the one pictured.
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This is one of my favorite books. I love John Grisham. He goes into some pretty vivid details but keeps you on your toes and wondering. I would suggest anyone who loves books that were made into movies, read this book.
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As the reviewers say ... "Grisham keeps you turning those pages..."
Great reading, especially for Grisham fans.
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My favorite of all John Grisham's books.
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If you haven't read *this* Grisham, you really ought to.
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For ten days, as burning corsses 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.... From the cover.
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A real page turner. One of Grisham's best.
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Very good book I also watched the movie
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Great book, intense!
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Another great John Grisham book
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Being his first book, it took a while to get into it, but I read it after "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief" so it was easier than those who read this first.
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Suspensful until the end. When it came time for the juries decision I was as nervous as the defendant.
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This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi. It's a real gutsy story.
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The best work Grisham ever did.
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This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi, is John Grisham's first novel, and his favorite of his first six. He polished it for three years and every detail shines like pebbles at the bottom of a swift, sunlit stream. Grisham is a born legal storyteller and his dialogue is pitch perfect.

The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy.
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Temporary insanity...
What would a father do if he found out the identity of the men who gang-raped his ten-year-old daughter, dragged her behind a truck, and left her for dead on a riverbank?
What would the lawyer defending the father do to save his client's life?
What would a county do to deal with the enmity that breaks out between blacks and whites because of the lines that have been crossed?
The answers are surprising.
The casualties of a night of wanton, drunken carousing are far greater than the young men with the pickup truck looking for some 'fun' ever expected.... and this time, they are not going to be 'indulged' by a lenient legal system.
Grisham weaves a taut tale of emotion and reason- of justice and redemption - that crosses over politics, prejudice, traditions and status quo.
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This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi, is John Grisham's first novel, and his favorite of his first six. He polished it for three years and every detail shines like pebbles at the bottom of a swift, sunlit stream. Grisham is a born legal storyteller and his dialogue is pitch perfect.
The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy.
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good book by Grisham
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I love John Grisham and this book particularly. He has never written a bad book.
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Good read a story that keeps you reading.
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Book Description
Don't miss a sneak peek of Sycamore Row, John Grisham's new novel inspired by A Time to Kill, in the back of the book.

The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged 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 lifeand then his own.

My Review
This was a very powerful book as the subject matter is very delicate and heart-wrenching. It is Grisham's first novel and an amazing debut for any writer. His characters are well-drawn and very believable. The plot is very emotionally charged and makes for a book which is hard to put down until the last page. It is my first Grisham book but it won't be my last as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book for those who like gripping legal thrillers.
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In this soaring courtroom drama,best-sellingauthor John Grsam probes the savage depths of racial violence....as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town....
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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... THRILLER You better set time aside to read this book once started almost impossible to put down.
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Clanton,Mississippi.the life of a ten year old girl is shattered by two drunken and remoreless 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 justice into his own outraged hands.
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My favorite Grisham....grabs you from chapter one and doesn't let go!
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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 justice into his own outraged hands. For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of a 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...
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This is not large print.
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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 justice into his own outraged 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....
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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 man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged 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...

"Grisham's pleasure in relating the Byzantine complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is contagious and he tells a good story...An enjoyable book." -- Library Journal.
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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 & horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle--& takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For 10 days, as burning crosses & 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....
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It was an execellent book about a ten year old girl in Clanton Mississippi. Her life is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. Tthe mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assualt rifle and takes justice in to his own 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 attourney Jake Brigance struggles to save his clients life and then his own.
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awesome read.
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The Best Book He Has Written!!!!!
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"In this searing courtroom drama, Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence..as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town..."
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ONe of my favorite authors
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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 inhumane crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle-and takes justice into his own outraged 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.....
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Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10 year old girl is shattered by two druken 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 justice into his own outraged hands.

For 10 days of burning crosses and sniper fire, the nation watches as the young defense attorney tries to save his client's life - and his own.
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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.
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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 man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged 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...
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In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Gresham probes the savae depths of racial violence....as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town........
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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 justice into his own outraged hands.
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Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10 year old black 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 father acquires an assault rifle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spreading 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...
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good reading
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Good book, easy reading. Keeps your attention!
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My book cover is different than the one listed
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This book is a hardcover book, red cover.
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I'm not a fan of "crime thrillers", but if you are, Grisham's good!
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Excellant
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Cover is a little different than this one
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Different cover art.
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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, Miss. 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 and assault rifle-and takes justice into his own outraged 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.
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"Tense, emotional, and compelling" -Sid Salter, columnist
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This book was okay. It's been a long time since I read this book.
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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 man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged 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...
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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 assult rifle-and take justice into his own outraged 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 defence attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his clients life...and then his own...
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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.
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Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old black 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 father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For ten days, with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spreading 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.
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Another great John Grisham book. I'm listing many of his books as I have decided to part with my collection. SMoke-free home as always
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Book is definitely used -- not in bad condition, but not in gift condition either!
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One of the best! Slight yellowing of pages...