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Like many of John Grisham's better books, The Last Juror is at its best when evoking the past--Mississippi in the early 1970s--and less effective when constructing the bait-and-switch plotting with which he establishes a pointed argument about the law. When Danny Padgitt, part of a family of bootleggers who are effectively a large criminal conspiracy, is convicted of rape and murder, the jury cannot agree on the death penalty--and life sentences in this time and place are liable to be as little as nine years.
Padgitt threatened the jury and when, once he is out, the jurors who heard his case start being executed, conclusions are there to be jumped to... Grisham is arguing that justice has to be seen to be done, rather than specifically for the death penalty or even life-means-life sentencing. Though his case is loaded, it is never entirely sentimentalised partly because these events are seen through the eyes of one of his most engaging narrators--a young Northern newspaper editor out to make a name and a fortune for himself, but also committed alike to the truth and a saintly African-American matriarch who serves on the Padgitt jury. This is a deeply populist book, but never a stupid one. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Last Juror sees Grisham at the absolute peak of his form – page-turning urgency" (Mail on Sunday)
"Masterful – when Grisham gets in the courtroom he lets rip, drawing scenes so real they're not just alive, they're pulsating – quality thriller writing" (Daily Mirror)
"The Last Juror does not need to coast on its author's megapopularity. It's a reminder of how the Grisham juggernaut began" (New York Times)
"Wholly engrossing – Grisham's story-telling knack has not deserted him; and the hint that something more serious is at stake than the solution of a crime gives the narrative an extra depth" (Evening Standard)
John grisham never disappoints, and this is no exception. John never seems to run out of new ways to examine justice in the US, and this book has some unusual slants.Published 1 month ago by Andrew
read this book many years ago decided to read it again on kindle even better second time round typical grisham brilliantPublished 3 months ago by brian wallace
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it made me laugh, it made me cry. The unexpected outcome was brilliantly executed and brought about a good twist in the tale. Read morePublished 3 months ago by j.b.hazeldine