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The Runaway Jury
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on 2 February 2015
Slow read..I found it hard to even get through 10 pages..
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on 2 October 2012
As an author John Grisham is best when he sticks to the courtroom. Here he is able to bring his experience as a lawyer to the story and supplement the crime mystery. The likes of `A Time to Kill' remain classics, but for every hit, there have been several misses (especially later in his non-courtroom based career). One early misstep was `The Runaway Jury', a book written in the mid-90s and now feels so dated that it is best buried in a time capsule for future generations to dig up and laugh at in the year 2062.

`Runaway' tackles the heavyweight issue of cigarette corporations and whether they are implicit in hooking people on to the killer sticks as teens. In the year 2012, we have already moved on great strides from the mid-90s, so a lot of what is written here seems pretty antiquated. The people in the book talk about quitting smoking, but many of them still light up indoors - old school. Being a novel of its time is not an issue, but being preachy is. Grisham has a clear agenda and let's say he is not a fan of conglomerates.

Once more this is not the biggest issue with the book that is left to a combination of character and structure. The lead character is a cocky failed law student who finds himself on the jury. Grisham specialises in heroes that are slightly annoying, but charismatic - in this case he fails as the lead is straight unpleasant. There is also a major issue with the structure of the book. Essentially, the entire thing is all waffle leading up to the final 30 pages when things actually happen. You could easily condense the story into a short.

With unlikable leads and a cop out structure, `The Runaway Jury' is Grisham's worst early work, but he had further depths to sink (see `Bleachers').
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on 21 August 2011
While I have only given this title 3 stars this is not reflective of the plot, which I am enjoying very much in a page-turning trashy sort of way, but rather to do with the fact that the kindle version of this book has clearly not been copy edited in any way, shape or form. There are errors on virtually every page. I was prompted to write this review having read a page on which the name "Jeff" is written as "Jeflf" multiple times. Absolutely ridiculous and I hope the publisher (Arrow) is hanging their heads in shame.
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on 8 March 2000
I have been an avid fan of John Grisham for a number of years and have read most of his books, however after reading The Testement and The Runaway Jury I hope he didnt give up his day job.In the first couple of chapters of both these novels he started of with such promise as his other novels but after the first couple of chapters I took myself back to being a junior reporter for the STOCKPORT ADVERTISER forced to sit in on boreing court-room hearings e.g An employer being sued for an emplyee breaking his big toe on the stairs.The only difference was the amount of zeros awarded as compensation.We like politics John.People in high places taking falls.Personalities that we the readers can be judgemental about. Corporation law only works when there are good and bad personalities included in the plot.I will probably still buy your next book John [As long as its not about some pharmaceutical company ]... I suppose your still one of my favourite authors Best wishes JACQUIE SMITH
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on 30 June 2016
Not his best book but still a good read
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on 7 July 2016
not for me
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