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A Time To Kill: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | June 23, 2009 | Trade Paperback

A Time To Kill: A Novel is rated 4.6296 out of 5 by 27.
Don’t miss a sneak peek of Sycamore Row, John Grisham’s new novel inspired by A Time to Kill, in the back of the book.

The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life–and then his own.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 7.53 × 4.2 × 1.53 in

Published: June 23, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440245915

ISBN - 13: 9780440245919

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Grisham is one of my favorite. Having read all of his books to date and this one for a second time. I think it shows that "A Time to Kill" was one of his first novels. An excellent story although I think he drops the ball towards the end. Ellen and her father are dropped out very fast. Carla never does find out her house was torched. However an excellent read overall.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book A Time to kill was John Grisham’s first book, written in 1989. The main theme of the book was on racism and its legal consequence in Mississippi. This book is about a young lawyer who goes on trial to defend a black man, Carl Lee, who murders two white southern men who attack and rape his daughter. Since Carl Lee is black and the rapists where white, the trial ignites all sorts of reactions in the community as justice, prejudice and the law collide. It was a well written book that was very graphic and offensive at times, but I thought it to be necessary to depict the racial controversies in the southern society of the time.
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty darn good A Time to Kill is a book that you need a lot of patience for. You also need to have an understanding of the author before you read it. It's very easy to assume Grisham is a morbid man until you read of his knowledge in the legal field and realize he is merely relaying his concerns and appreciations of the legal system. It's a good book, but it has a lot of holes to be sure. There are so many characters in and out, it's near impossible to keep track. Some of them are down right useless in the story and better serve as nameless faces on a bench, but time is wasted on them. The plot is also inconsistent at times, and you feel like your on a teeter totter through much of the story. That said, it has a lot of suspense. It shows the good, the bad, the ugly and the down right nasty side of it's specified judicial system. This book is not for the impatient or the weak of heart. If you have the patience and stomach for it, it's a pretty darn good read.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and Thought Provoking !!! I'm an absolute fan of Grisham's. I'm his greatest fan, some might say. Grisham has been my favorite writer for many years. His work is a masterpiece of thought, approach, and the legal system. He's a master of writing and of expression. A Time to Kill is one of my all time favorites.
Date published: 2010-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grisham's work This wasn't one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read, but I didn't dislike it. I found that the rape seen was a little horrific, and wonder what Grisham has going on up there. Like in all of the Grisham books I have read, there were way too many characters to keep straight. All in all A Time To Kill was a good book, but not spectacular. Definetly not as mentionable as Grisham's 'The Client'. That's some good reading right there.
Date published: 2004-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful. A gripping and thoughtful story. Filled with excitement and logic. This is a good peice of work from a skillsful writer with big words that i can decribe fascinating. John Grisham has got my attention for reading this book.
Date published: 2003-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a wounderful book This is classic Grisham before he got into big companies v.s. small time lawyers . This is a great book; a must-read; one to read over and over again . This is for those who are interested in civil rights stuff too. Great book!
Date published: 2001-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbelievable, stunning Words cannot convey my admiration for this book. The way Grisham describes techniques previously unheard of and already dismissed by so-called experts as impossible and immoral defies explanation. All I can say is that this novel has changed me completely. I never was a person interested in model railways, but this work of genius has utterly turned me around. Who knew that 11 gauge track and paper mashe mountains could elicit goose bumps? I am rushing out now to get my engineer's hat and to buy tiny scale model railway stations.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Time to Kill This was a very good novel. I enjoyed reading it very much. It kept me on my toes.
Date published: 2000-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Check it! This book was very well written. You'll love reading it. Don't count on the movie to guess the book, I saw the film before reading it and I think it's one of Grisham's best books. I had hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm impress This book is very entertaininig, you'll love reading it. Don't count on the movie to guess the book, I saw the film before reading it and I think it's one of Grisham's best book. I had hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2000-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! I read A Time To Kill two years ago and it has made an impact on my life since. The book deals with a father who takes justice into his own hands and may have to pay the price for his actions. This is by far the best novel I have ever read and it has completely changed my mind about whether the death penalty is appropriate. It is a must read!
Date published: 2000-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Far and away his best book a must read.
Date published: 2000-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still his best book If you are just starting to read Grisham,then save this one for last! It was the first, but still his best. The most riviting, couldn't put it down, one in the lot. This book set the standard, and I find none of his others to date come close. A must read.
Date published: 2000-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! I have read many of John Grisham's novels and still believe this first book is his best. It pulls you in from the first page. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2000-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book is one that you can not put down it keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. I give it 5 stars because of this simple fact. I love the way John Grisham keeps you in the book, like you actually are there.
Date published: 2000-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from flasher this is a very insightful book tat show the realness of murder!!!
Date published: 2000-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must Read! A Time to Kill was a great book and i realy enjoyed reading it. It caught my attention kept me wanting to read more.
Date published: 2000-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book This book was a very good entertaining page turner, I recommend it to you.
Date published: 2000-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK This is one of the most electrifying books of our time. John Grisham's first and best book. If you are going to read a book, read this one, its wonderful. Eric Haddad
Date published: 2000-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Grisham In my opinion this is Grisham's best book. It has the power to make you laugh and cry all at the same time. I enjoyed tremendously and strongly recomment it to anyone.
Date published: 2000-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Time to Kill is A Time to Read This book is one of Grisham's best, in my opinion. It is definetly a great read. The rape is difficult to read because it is so graphic, but nessesary to get into the head of Carl Lee. Bravo Mr. Grisham.
Date published: 2000-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grabbing Excellent book. This book keeps you grabbing to turn every page. The suspence keeps you on the edge of your seat. Two Thumbs Up!!!!!
Date published: 1999-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This was a superb book! Kept me glued with interest until it was over.
Date published: 1999-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This I read this book in school in grade 9 and I thought that it was an excellent book. It was so good that I recommended it to my mom and she went out and bought it. I also saw the movie when it came out but reading the story made it more easy for me to understand what was going on. But the movie was excellent!!! I recommend this book to anyone that wouldn't be offended by reading about murder and racism.
Date published: 1999-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its good Yup it was a good book
Date published: 1999-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A time to kill this book was so well written that from the start of the book you had made your decision on what was to happen to Carl Lee. It was very well written and very suspensefull and I suggest that all people read this book.
Date published: 1999-07-12

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A Time To Kill: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 7.53 × 4.2 × 1.53 in

Published: June 23, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440245915

ISBN - 13: 9780440245919

About the Book

Before "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief" made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...Clanton, Mississippi.
The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own...

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Chapter One BILLY RAY COBB was the younger and smaller of the two rednecks. At twenty-three he was already a three-year veteran of the state penitentiary at Parchman. Possession, with intent to sell. He was a lean, tough little punk who had survived prison by somehow maintaining a ready supply of drugs that he sold and sometimes gave to the blacks and the guards for protection. In the year since his release he had continued to prosper, and his small-time narcotics business had elevated him to the position of one of the more affluent rednecks in Ford County. He was a businessman, with employees, obligations, deals, everything but taxes. Down at the Ford place in Clanton he was known as the last man in recent history to pay cash for a new pickup truck. Sixteen thousand cash, for a custom-built, four-wheel drive, canary yellow, luxury Ford pickup. The fancy chrome wheels and mudgrip racing tires had been received in a business deal. The rebel flag hanging across the rear window had been stolen by Cobb from a drunken fraternity boy at an Ole Miss football game. The pickup was Billy Ray''s most prized possession. He sat on the tailgate drinking a beer, smoking a joint, watching his friend Willard take his turn with the black girl. Willard was four years older and a dozen years slower. He was generally a harmless sort who had never been in serious trouble and had never been seriously employed. Maybe an occasional fight with a night in jail, but nothing that would distinguish him. H
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From the Publisher

Don’t miss a sneak peek of Sycamore Row, John Grisham’s new novel inspired by A Time to Kill, in the back of the book.

The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life–and then his own.

From the Jacket

"Grisham's pleasure in relating the Byzantine  complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is contagious and he tells a good  story...An enjoyable book."—Library  Journal.

"Grisham excels!"—Dallas Times Herald

“Grisham is an absolute master.”—Washington Post

“Grisham enraptures us.”—Houston Chronicle

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-five novels, including, most recently, The Racketeer; one work of nonfiction; a collection of stories; and a series for young readers. The recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

"Grisham''s pleasure in relating the Byzantine complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is contagious and he tells a good  story...An enjoyable book."—Library Journal

"Grisham excels!"—Dallas Times Herald

“Grisham is an absolute master.”—Washington Post

“Grisham enraptures us.”—Houston Chronicle
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