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The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham

The Reckoning: A Novel (original 2018; edition 2019)

by John Grisham (Author)

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Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.… (more)
Title:The Reckoning: A Novel
Authors:John Grisham (Author)
Info:Bantam (2019), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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The Reckoning by John Grisham (2018)



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A rather sad story about lies and misunderstandings. The main character kills a well liked minister and is eventually put on trial. He will not offer and explanation nor defend himself. Good ending ( )
  joannemonck | May 13, 2020 |
Greatly enjoyed reading this book. In Pete Banning, Grisham has created a great and unforgettable character. He is the proud WW2 hero who commits an inexplicable murder and subsequently becomes an anti-hero. Pete's killing of the priest shakes the small rural town, but he neither explains his motives nor fights his death sentence. A moral dilemma plays out till the very end, embroiling his children, sister, wife, lawyers and the victim's family. Pete’s execution in the electric chair was one the most overwhelming, heartbreaking, tormenting I've ever read. In the second part of the book great war action follows that portrays Pete's survival in the battlefront. A nice break from the psychologically heavy first part. In an expected twist, however, the motive of the killing is revealed and the real tragedy in the book is that Pete died without ever learning the truth of his wrongful crime. ( )
  Indrit | Apr 17, 2020 |
THIS was one very long John Grisham novel and I have read almost all of them. It really did come to an ending, and a surprising one at that, at least to me. This was less of a legal novel and more of an almost memoir of horrible parts (what WASN'T horrible) of World War II. Yes, I too, would like to know if this was something that actually happened or really just a story---as Grisham, telling it, wonders. Grisham knows how to give you a powerful picture in words...his continuing talent. ( )
  nyiper | Mar 27, 2020 |
I had not a read a Grisham book in many years and I have really enjoyed listening to this title. The narrator Michael Beck does a great job in giving voice to the many characters in the novel.
  JohnLibraryGuy | Mar 27, 2020 |
Hard to give 5 stars (but it absolutely was) when you HATE the ending. I knew the secret, but not the WHOLE secret.

LOVED the way the story was presented- LOVED the historical fiction part about the Bataan Death March and what followed.

LOVED his characters and the hint of mystery that kept you turning the pages.

HATED the ending lol. Still, 5 stars. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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