The Last Juror by John Grisham

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In 1970, Willie Traynor comes to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old finds himself the owner of Ford County’s only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America is in the grips of turmoil, Clanton lives on the edge of another age—until the brutal murder of a young mother rocks the town and thrusts Willie into the center of a storm.

Daring to report the true horrors of the crime, Willie makes as many friends as enemies in Clanton, and over the next decade he sometimes wonders how he got there in the first place. But he can never escape the crime that shattered his innocence or the criminal whose evil left an indelible stain. Because as the ghosts of the South’s past gather around Willie, as tension swirls around Clanton, men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by one—as a killer exacts the ultimate revenge.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.


About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
Published March 9, 2010 by Dell. 498 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction

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Grisham has spent the last few years stretching his creative muscles through a number of genres: his usual legal thrillers (The Summons ,

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Book Reporter

After its re-release, A TIME TO KILL reached not only the bestseller list but was also a popular movie THE LAST JUROR is set in the fictitious town of Clanton, Mississippi, in Ford County, which readers may recall was the setting for A TIME TO KILL, Grisham's first book.

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Entertainment Weekly

Willie is a party boy and college dropout, but he sees a chance to redeem himself: The Times has been used primarily as a vehicle for fawning obituaries and stories about tea parties, but Willie, who is both ambitious and idealistic, plans to make a fortune by turning it into an instrument of soc...

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Reviewing the Evidence

While the title of THE LAST JUROR implies yet another thriller full of court drama, the legal aspect plays second oboe to the tale of a young newspaper owner as he matures in a small town in Grisham's favourite semi-rustic Ford County, Mississippi.

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Gather Books

This novel had a great beginning, a great middle and a great ending, aside from that Grisham included way too many details.

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Tapping into the spirit of such revered fish-out-of-water flicks as Doc Hollywood and My Cousin Vinny—come on, you know you love 'em—Grisham's latest follows the travails of a 23-year-old college dropout from up north, Willie Traynor, who buys a small-town newspaper in 1970s Mississippi.

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Charles Matthews Oregonian 1 of 5 Stars "In the narrow space between 'awful' and 'gawd-awful,' John Grisham has slung his hammock ...

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