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A Time to Kill by John Grisham

A Time to Kill (original 1989; edition 2004)

by John Grisham

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Title:A Time to Kill
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Dell (2004), Paperback, 528 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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    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 by John Grisham; (5*)

Grisham has produced many great and fascinating novels but this one really draws the reader in and makes you think. Who among us has not been sickened when the justice system makes victims out of the criminals, and forgets the innocent? The author digs deep into the innermost feelings of a man who wants justice for his child even if that means breaking the law himself.
It is an absolutely spectacular novel and I think it is Grisham's best. I still find it difficult to believe that it was his first novel. ( )
  rainpebble | Mar 22, 2018 |
I read this book a very long time ago and I was left with so much catharsis. I frankly did not touch a book for quite some time after that. It kept me up at nights thinking about it. It is not just the story or just the character, both of which are great bytheway, but also how it was written and how the story was told. The placement the depth. It isnt a book you read and forget overnight. ( )
  M.Akter.Tonima | Nov 3, 2017 |
A Time To Kill was Grisham's first book all the way back in 1989. Whilst it lacks some of the polish of his later, more popular works, it's still a great good story within the pages covering the murder of two men by the father of a young girl who was raped by them. Another layer is added by the two men being white and the father & daughter being black and it taking place in the South, Mississippi. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Aug 5, 2017 |
Primo romanzo di Grisham che leggo, e spero non sarà l'ultimo: l'ho sempre evitato, convinta che avrei trovato pagine di incomprensibili divagazioni giuridiche - eppure ho digerito svariati North Patterson, che col senno di poi è davvero incomprensibile.
Entro il primo capitolo mi sono resa conto di aver visto l'adattamento cinematografico, anni fa, di cui ricordavo solo il finale: questo non ha rovinato la lettura. Avvincente, profondo, duro: un gran bel romanzo.
Con qualche difetto, però: un paio di personaggi scompaiono nel nulla, in seguito ad eventi molto duri, ma che per questo forse avrebbero meritato un paio di parole in più. Altri personaggi invece compaiono dallo stesso nulla - o così m'è parso, forse mi sono persa qualcosa.
Stranamente il film è più azzeccato del romanzo: in questo l'epilogo del processo è affidato a una sconosciuta, in quello è merito dell'avvocato-protagonista. In questo sembra dovuto al caso, in quello al talento e all'empatia che un uomo profondo sa suscitare. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
A Time to Kill is being reissued, as Jake Brigance is back in court again in Grisham’s new book, Sycamore Row.

This well crafted legal thriller is a pager turner that is hard to set down as bigotry and racism cause "burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets". It is John Grisham's first, and he says one of his favorite novels.

Grisham heard the story of a young rape victim and started a book exploring the "what if" her father was a black Vietnam Vet who killed her white assailants on the courthouse steps. Lawyer Jake Brigance must find a way to defend him. Grisham set the novel in the vocation he knew, the area he lived, and populated it with characters that were an amalgam of people he lived near. The plot is well thought out and moves naturally. ( )
  KCV | Jul 24, 2017 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385338600, Paperback)

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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