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A Time to Kill by John Grisham

A Time to Kill (original 1989; edition 1992)

by John Grisham

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Title:A Time to Kill
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Island Books (1992), Edition: 55th THUS Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 515 pages
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A Time to Kill by John Grisham (1989)

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    Caramellunacy: A Time to Kill's courtroom drama and emphasis on race relations in a small town in the South definitely brought to mind the trial scenes in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
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    The Help by Kathryn Stockett (citygirl)
    citygirl: The ugliness of small-town Mississippi in racial matters wrapped in a compelling, page-turning story.

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A Time To Kill is a very touching and challenging page-turner that has its powerful plot set around the brutal rape and beating of a ten-year-old African American girl named Tonya by two racists—white supremacists—in Mississippi. Believing that they wouldn't be held accountable for their crimes, the two hicks brag to their associates. But now Carl Lee, Tonya's father is out on a vigilante-style mission to avenge his baby girl ... And the plot thickens.

This was a very touchy novel, really getting me a bit roused as I had been reading it, but it's superbly-written and punch-packing. Kudos to Grisham on yet another legal thriller masterpiece worthy of five stars. A must-read ( )
  CatEllington | May 5, 2017 |
An absolutely terrific story. The movie is lousy, but the book is one of his best. ( )
  KyCharlie | Apr 3, 2017 |
In 1984, when a black man, Carl Lee Hailey's ten year old daughter is brutaly raped by two white men, he takes the law in to his own hands. He hires white attorney Jake Brigance to defend him. This sets off a series of events in Clanton, Mississippi that include burning crosses and death threats. A well plotted page turner. ( )
  lewilliams | Jan 28, 2017 |
This is the book that introduces us to the writing of John Grisham and took some time to be published but thankfully it was.

It tells the story of young idealistic lawyer Jake Brigance who is hired to defend the indefensible.

after a young girl is brutally attacked her father decides to take the law into his own hands. The complication is the father is black while the little girl's attackers were white in a Mississippi where race is still a very big issue.

I enjoyed this book which gives a clear insight into the tensions experienced in Southern states and the battle lines drawn up between black and white.

The language is at times hard to read but presume that is how people did speak then.

The book is full of tension as you wonder which way it will ultimately end and you are swept up in the emotional journey taken by the characters as they try to navigate stormy waters.

did feel that it was a little too long and could have been edited better in places but all in all a great first book. ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
Book Description 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.

My Review This was a very powerful book as the subject matter is very delicate and heart-wrenching. It is Grisham's first novel and an amazing debut for any writer. His characters are well-drawn and very believable. The plot is very emotionally charged and makes for a book which is hard to put down until the last page. It is my first Grisham book but it won't be my last as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book for those who like gripping legal thrillers. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Clanton, Mississippi

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

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack fo sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, then nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life .. and then his own ...
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This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi, is John Grisham's first novel, and his favorite of his first six. He polished it for three years and every detail shines like pebbles at the bottom of a swift, sunlit stream. Grisham is a born legal storyteller and his dialogue is pitch perfect.

The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy. Because he's lived in Oxford, Mississippi, Grisham gets compared to Faulkner, but he's really got the lean style and fierce folk moralism of John Steinbeck. --Tim Appelo

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When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the monsters who have raped his ten-year-old child, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice.… (more)

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