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The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Last Juror (2004)

by John Grisham

Other authors: Terrence Mann (Narrator)

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Small town newpaper reporter, thriller - someone is killing off the jurors in a hung murder trial ( )
  nancynova | Sep 12, 2015 |
An exploration of the impact of a crime on a town, an outsider who becomes a reluctantly accepted citizen, and the victim's lover. Mostly an opportunity to explore the "characters" in a small town in a by-gone decade. ( )
  librisissimo | Apr 4, 2015 |
Ugh, this book was awful. I am trying to expand my reading into genres other than my romance and sci-fi/fantasy world, and this certainly didn't help. The plot (what there was of one) was interrupted by 200-300 pages of absolutely nothing of interest, and when they finally got back to the interesting part of the story, it was incredibly stupid and anticlimactic. Everything about this book was entirely predictable and honestly, boring. I won't give up on the genre yet, but it's going to take an awful lot to get me to try anything else by the author. ( )
1 vote sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Very good. This was a lot different from his typical thriller/mystery. This was much more character-driven than plot driven. Grisham paints a really interesting picture of 1970's rural Mississippi. Very engaging characters and even pacing made this a quick, satisfying read. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 13, 2014 |
The Last Juror by John Grisham
In this book we learn about the history of the paper and how putting in controversial obits makes a difference. The new editor also posts a lot of local community news: group meetings, killings, etc.
One has been sent to prison for rape and killing a woman. He tells the jurors he will come after them if they find him guilty. They do and after his time he's released. The author really goes into learning about the people, their lifes and all about them.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | May 16, 2014 |
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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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