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The Last Juror By John Grisham

Summary: “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 twenty-three-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 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”

Reviews:

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

The Denver Post says, “Classic Grisham, full of excitement and colorful characters.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review) says, “Compulsively readable… heartfelt, wise, suspenseful and funny, one of the best Grishams ever.”

The Boston Globe says, “Grisham deserves a winning verdict for [this] literary thriller.”

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