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In , One Of Mississippi S Colorful Weekly Newspapers, TheFord County Times , Went Bankrupt To The Surprise And Dismay Of Many, Ownership Was Assumed By AYear Old College Dropout, Named Willie Traynor The Future Of The Paper Looked Grim Until A Young Mother Was Brutally Raped And Murdered By A Member Of The Notorious Padgitt Family Willie Traynor Reported All The Gruesome Details, And His Newspaper Began To ProsperThe Murderer, Danny Padgitt, Was Tried Before A Packed Courthouse In Clanton, Mississippi The Trial Came To A Startling And Dramatic End When The Defendant Threatened Revenge Against The Jurors If They Convicted Him Nevertheless, They Found Him Guilty, And He Was Sentenced To Life In Prison But In Mississippi In , Life Didn T Necessarily Mean Life, And Nine Years Later Danny Padgitt Managed To Get Himself Paroled He Returned To Ford County, And The Retribution Began

10 thoughts on “The Last Juror

  1. says:

    A great pleasure to read A nice story with good atmosphere As always, Grisham s writing is witty and down to Earth.

  2. says:

    This was my second Grisham novel, but I was disappointed The storyline was fine, I enjoyed the character of Willie, who saves the local newspaper in Mississippi in the 1970 s, then begins to cover a sensational case of the brutal rape and murder of a young single mum I ended up reading to finish, I just was not as invested as I would have hoped to have been I enjoyed the family of Callie, and the dynamics between her and the young and inexperienced journalist editor Willie Their relationship blossomed and I enjoyed their banter about society of the times and Callie s weekly scrutinising of the errors in the paper Mr Grisham writes well though, and as in my first book The Client, it s evident he knows his legal stuff, and you do feel in safe experienced legal hands.

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    One of Grisham s best I d say The author capitalized on what he does best, that s the legal part, then added a lot of heart to it It combines the thrill and drama of the scenes in the courtroom with the heart and soul and lives of its many colorful characters.The story spans a decade, the 70 s, a period of transformation and awakening, especially in the deep south It talks about taking risks, commitment, growing up It demonstrates the power of the written word It relates how true friendship can break barriers All of these, Mr Grisham cooked up, and peppered it with the legal excitement that he s become a master of, and the result is just very tasteful.

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    Everyone has an opinion on Grisham, and if you don t like him, feel free to skip my review I read a ton of his books when I was travelling regularly for work I d pick one up in the airport book store and leave it when I landed on the other side , but haven t read one in a while It was good to come back to him with this one Yes, it was about a trial, and yes, it was in the South, but this time the narrator is the local newspaper s editor owner Definitely a different tack, and one I enjoyed The lawyers in this one explain things to him, but aren t central.I loved his descriptions of people in this one I could actually see and hear them talking And the descriptions of the food oh dear This book shouldn t be read when hungry One section I marked to go back to is Miss Callie s pot roast It sounded good enough that I m going to try it.Here s the excerpt As usual, I confessed that I d never had a pot roast, so Miss Callie described the recipe and the preparation in detail It was her simplest dish, she said Take a beef rump roast, leave the fat on it, place it in the bottom of the pot, then cover it with new potatoes, onions, turnips, carrots, and beets add some salt, pepper and water, put it in the oven on slow bake, and wait five hours She filled my plate with beef and vegetables, then covered it all with a thick sauce The beets give it all a purple tint, she explained.Yum Talk about comfort food.

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    Not really a courtroom drama or legal thriller instead this novel focuses on the media in a small town in Mississippi. Willie Traynor takes over the local newspaper in Clanton, Mississippi The previous owner had apparently gone mad and was basically filling his pages with nothing but obituaries The residents had grown used to this and adapted to it to the extent that they wanted nothing than for their personal obituary to feature prominently Traynor slowly sets about changing the culture, and the big trial of Danny Padgitt for the rape and murder of a local woman could be just the thing Meanwhile Traynor develops a friendship with an elderly black lady, Miss Callie this was in the 1970 s when segregation had just been outlawed The whole town turns out for the trial as Traynor waits anxiously for the details in order to sell newspapers Then, Miss Callie is suddenly summonsed for Jury service, but she doesn t really believe in the death penalty What will be the repercussions of the decisions made in the Jury room and will those outside ever find out exactly what was said and by whom This novel features the usual small town characters with the gossip and rumour mill working steadily Unusually, the story is told from the point of view of the journalist Traynor who has his finger in a lot of pies I ended up feeling a bit indifferent about the character who comes across as a bit wishy washy and blah Just kindof mooching through life without much passion He uses his newspapers to write some left wing articles about the Vietnam war but the reader is left with a feeling that he doesn t really feel as strongly about the subjects as he is attempting to convey through his writing.Similar to the last Grisham book I read, I kept waiting for the drama or excitement but it didn t really happen and I felt let down by the ending That said, I still had to read to the end which is Grisham s specialty drawing a reader in so they have to know what happens.There is sexual content in this and it is a little too graphic whilst dealing with the rape There are also a fair few deaths which aren t as graphic There is some bad language but mostly border line words and it isn t frequent.There is a lot of religious content in this book Once again, though, Grisham misses the mark as he deals with the substance of Christianity His character at one point surveys all of the local churches and describes each service He tries to write a summary of what most Christians believe, but it s inadequate Grisham seems to view Christianity as a pick and choose religion rather than the only way to have our sins forgiven and find peace with God I can t quite make out what his beliefs are from his books as sometimes he seems to mock religious figures and other times he holds them up as examples.The moral of this story is that success even becoming a millionaire and reaching the top of your game career won t satisfy you There is a restlessness that is within each one of us that keeps us striving towards certain goals When we fulfill one goal, we look for another and another and s the same with material possessions We are always searching for the next best thing The truth is that these things won t ever satisfy us because only God can bring us contentment here on earth and it doesn t come through worldly success or material wealth.Grisham fans might like this but there are better ones.Check out my John Grisham Shelf

  6. says:

    Nice plot, fast paced, smooth writing although I felt the ending of the book was quite abrupt and rushed up but nevertheless an enjoyable read It isn t John Grisham best work but still a great read.

  7. says:

    This is the first Grisham book I ve ever read, and it is really not a court drama, despite the implications of the title In 1970, 23 year old Willie Traynor moves to the small city of Clanton, Mississippi, and buys the local newspaper, which has recently gone bankrupt Soon after this, a local woman is raped and murdered by Danny Padgitt, son of the redneck mafia that is the Padgitt family The story vaguely meanders around the trial and subsequent fallout over the next several years, but mostly it s about Willie s life in Clanton and the people he meets There are a lot of scenes and even minor characters thrown in just for color The ending was mostly predictable, with the only major twist feeling like it had been plucked from thin air It wasn t a bad book the characters were definitely believable and often entertaining but from the very beginning I wondered how Grisham would manage to find enough plot to fill the 350 pages Unfortunately, he really didn t In the end, if you enjoy reading about smalltown Southern life, you ll like this If you re looking for an action packed legal thriller, you probably want to look elsewhere.

  8. says:

    Although I read this book quite a few years ago I still remember how much I enjoyed reading it.I had read only a couple of Grisham s books up to that point and this one sounded like one that I would really enjoy reading and I did I finished it over a weekend up at the cabin in just a few sittings.There didn t seem to be as much courtroom time and I enjoyed the focus on the story in the small southern town I really enjoyed the first person narrative The characters are quite believable and the descriptions are vivid and understandable especially for the time in small town America I also loved all of the descriptions of Miss Callie s wonderful cooking I got to know the town, its people, and the trauma they all experienced during the murder trial and the turmoil after the early release of a murderer Grisham kept my interest throughout the book All in all a good story with interesting and well developed characters.

  9. says:

    Endearing read dramatic storyline of unfolding in the stew of racial prejudices,economic disparity and corruption in a small community concerning a casegood from start to finish and it s well written paperback

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