The Last Juror: A Novel

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The Last Juror: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | March 27, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Last Juror: A Novel is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.51 × 4.18 × 1.19 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440246024

ISBN - 13: 9780440246022

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Ending I'm a John Grisham fan who has read all of his books. This book started off with a good story line and even had an interesting twist: it was told from the perspective of an observer who was a journalist. Some characters from past novels even make a reappearance: Judge Omar Noose and renegade lawyers Lucien Wilbanks and Harry-Rex Vonner (A Time to Kill). I enjoyed the central plot - a town's concern over the murder of some jurors by, it is suspected, the person the jurors sentenced to life in prison. The personal growth of the young, liberal journalist in a southern, Christian town and his work to revive the local paper, and the relationships the young journalist develops with some of the residents is also entertaining. The story runs well and keeps the reader's attention but is, unfortunately, wrapped up rather quickly. If this had been written by a different author, I would have accepted the abrupt ending but I've come to expect more from Grisham. When considered in the company of his other novels, the sudden ending of this book makes it an average read.
Date published: 2005-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ!!!! Wonderful book. Well worth the money spent on it. I recommend it to all of my friends. They definitely need to make a movie out of this one.
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This was an excellent book! I want to read all of John Grishams books after reading this one and I hope it is made into a motion picture. It could be of the same callibre as the movie A Time to Kill .
Date published: 2004-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Legal Thriller I have read almost every one of John Grisham's books, and enjoyed them all. However I loved his angle this time around. Rather than tell the story from the point of view of a lawyer, he chose a journalist. Being a journalist myelf who worked in a small community for a while, I found it very quite realistic and c
Date published: 2004-02-24

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The Last Juror: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.51 × 4.18 × 1.19 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440246024

ISBN - 13: 9780440246022

About the Book

In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The" "Ford County Times," " went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.
The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.
But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

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CHAPTER 2 Rhoda Kassellaw lived in the Beech Hill community, twelve miles north of Clanton, in a modest gray brick house on a narrow, paved country road. The flower beds along the front of the house were weedless and received daily care, and between them and the road the long wide lawn was thick and well cut. The driveway was crushed white rock. Scattered down both sides of it was a collection of scooters and balls and bikes. Her two small children were always outdoors, playing hard, sometimes stopping to watch a passing car. It was a pleasant little country house, a stone''s throw from Mr. And Mrs. Deece next door. The young man who bought it was killed in a trucking accident somewhere in Texas, and, at the age of twenty-eight, Rhoda became a widow. The insurance on his life paid off the house and the car. The balance was invested to provide a modest monthly income that allowed her to remain home and dote on the children. She spent hours outside, tending her vegetable garden, potting flowers, pulling weeds, mulching the beds along the front of the house. She kept to herself. The old ladies in Beech Hill considered her a model widow, staying home, looking sad, limiting her social appearances to an occasional visit to church. She should attend more regularly, they whispered. Shortly after the death of her husband, Rhoda planned to return to her family in Missouri. She was not from Ford County, nor was her husband. A job took them there. But the house was paid for, the kids wer
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From the Publisher

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

From the Jacket

“Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.” —Entertainment Weekly

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days.” —New York Times Book Review

“John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is 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

“One of his best: a thoughtful and atmospheric thriller.”—The New York Times

“Classic Grisham, full of excitement and colorful characters.”—The Denver Post
 
“Compulsively readable . . . heartfelt, wise, suspenseful and funny, one of the best Grishams ever.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Grisham deserves a winning verdict for [this] literary thriller.”—The Boston Globe