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A Time to Kill is Grisham's debut novel that was released back in 1989 and only got a small five thousand book deal from the twenty ninth publisher he sent it too. It wasn't until he released several more books that A Time to Kill got the audience that it truly deserves. I first studied this novel in English Literature classes in my G.C.S.E. years as we contrasted it to To Kill a Mockingbird and that put this and the movie adaptation (which has an all star cast if you ever want to sit and watch it) on my list of all time favourite.
I am not usually a fan of novels that follow the order side towards 'Law and Order' but when it came to A Time to Kill I could not put the novel down. Each character had their own individual traits that Grisham caught perfectly. We saw Brigance's downwards spiral as the case consumed him with each chapter, including his sudden reliance on alcohol, happen flawlessly without any sudden leaps in changes. Grisham makes you feel for each character as they go through their journeys but more importantly it evokes a discussion between those who have read it or haven't. Is Carl Lee guilty or not guilty?
The book aptly captured the political and social atmosphere of the time, during which deeply entrenched racism was unearthed to serve as a reminder that we have still a long way to go although progress has been made.
The characters throughout the book were expertly crafted although I felt that one specific character was abandoned in the latter part of the novel ( no spoilers ) and this disappointed me.
Despite the above; the book is a riveting " Page turner" which I found difficult to put down. All in all a great read.
This gripping story is told in great detail by John Grisham, describing the lives and interactions of families and communities in the deep south of USA; where greed, to some, has a higher value than human life, particularly if it is black.
We see compassion and honesty overruling prejudice and misery with justice, unsound as it can be, that smacks of commonsense justice being dish out in the courtroom.
Most compelling read.