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The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Last Juror (original 2004; edition 2004)

by John Grisham

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Title:The Last Juror
Authors:John Grisham
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Though it is not one of Grisham's more powerful legal thrillers, The Last Juror still passes for being well-written, with a satisfactory—albeit a bit slow—storyline.

The bonding of friendship between the protagonist attorney, Willie Traynor, whom, by the way, narrates the story in the first person, and Callie Ruffin, the first African American to be seated on a jury trying a white defendant on trial for a brutal murder in Ford County, MS (the fictive setting in the novel) just touched me on a deep emotional level. The two (attorney and juror) form an unbreakable bond of friendship, love, and genuine respect for one another. And it is a bond that tugs at the heartstrings.

I enjoyed The Last Juror, but the ending kind of put my emotions on edge. Overall, it's a relatively sturdy novel. ( )
  CatEllington | May 5, 2017 |
OK, the little free library found a good one this time. I would never have paid money to find out whether Grisham was reasonable, but I saw this one and though "what have I got to lose?"
And I really enjoyed it. Characterization was well done, the language was not objectionable (although the rape incident itself was definitely horrendous). He kept me in suspense most of the way through, although when I was about 75% done, I wondered how he could possibly knock off all the remaining jurors.
I will return this book to the library, and probably read more by this author. One of my friends claimed that Grisham stories have lots of plot holes, but I didn't find it so in this one, anyway. At least not bad enough to bother me. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
The Juror
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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 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Excellent in a true vein of Grisham ( )
  RolandB | Jun 27, 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 |
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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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