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The Last Juror by John Grisham
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The Last Juror (2004)

by John Grisham

Other authors: Terrence Mann (Narrator)

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Excellent in a true vein of Grisham ( )
  RolandB | Jun 27, 2016 |
The Juror
4 Stars

Not Grisham's usual style but a wonderful storyline and excellent characterization nonetheless.

Grisham has captured the essence of the small town and its inhabitants. There were moments where I found myself laughing out loud at the antics despite the serious nature of the plot. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Not so good and suspenseful a plot as I’ve come to expect from Grisham - although I enjoyed the story of the young journalist who buys the local newspaper and begin to cover the court case of a hardened criminal - with great success. And his friendship with the wise black woman Callie Ruffin who became the first African American juror in the county. As always a lot of good storytelling from Grisham. ( )
  ctpress | Apr 19, 2016 |
This is the last Grisham I read, and it will probably be the last. A young man takes over the town paper and by the end of the novel Mr. Grisham is pawing at your tear ducts like sixty. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
This book was different than I envisioned it based on the back cover blurb. The blurb talked more about Danny Padgitt swearing to get revenge on those who helped convict him and that life in prison isn't really life in prison, so Padgitt is now out. In reality, that was only a small portion of the book. The book focused more on how Willie Traynor came to Clanton and how he met Callie Ruffin. It details their friendship's development and how it endures. Willie met Callie prior to the trial. She became one of the jurors for Padgitt's trial and the county's first African American juror. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Mar 19, 2016 |
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After decades of patient mismanagement and loving neglect, The Ford County Times went bankrupt in 1970.
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In 1970, small town newspaper The Clanton Times went belly up. With financial assistance from a rich relative, it's purchased by 23-year-old Willie Traynor, formerly the paper's cub reporter. Soon afterward, his new business receives the readership boost it needs thanks to his editorial efforts and coverage of a particularly brutal rape and murder committed by the scion of the town's reclusive bootlegger family. Rather than shy from reporting on the subsequent open-and-shut trial (those who oppose the Padgitt family tend to turn up dead in the area's swampland), Traynor launches a crusade to ensure the unrepentant murderer is brought to justice. When a guilty verdict is returned, the town is relieved to find the Padgitt family's grip on the town did not sway the jury, though Danny Padgitt is sentenced to life in prison rather than death. But, when Padgitt is released after serving less than a decade in jail and members of the jury are murdered, Clanton once again finds itself at the mercy of its renegade family.

When it comes, the dénouement is no surprise; The Last Juror is less a story of suspense than a study of the often idyllic southern town of Clanton, Mississippi (the setting for Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill). Throughout the nine years between Padgitt's trial and release, Traynor finds acceptance in Clanton, where the people "don't really trust you unless they trusted your grandfather." He grows from a long-haired idealist into another of the town's colorful characters--renovating an old house, sporting a bowtie, beloved on both sides of the color line, and the only person to have attended each of the town's 88 churches at least once. The Last Juror returns Grisham to the courtroom where he made his name, but those who enjoyed the warm sentiment of his recent novels (Bleachers, A Painted House) will still find much to love here. --Benjamin Reese

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In 1970s Clanton, Mississippi, college dropout Willie Traynor turns a failed small-town paper into a success covering a local rape and murder case and finds his life coming full circle when the man convicted of that crime is paroled nine years after receiving a life sentence and jury members from the trial begin turning up dead.… (more)

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