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Le Dernier juré by John Grisham
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Le Dernier juré (original 2004; edition 2005)

by John Grisham (Author)

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In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details and the paper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when he was found guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison, but in Mississippi, in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life" and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County and the retribution began.… (more)
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The Last Juror by John Grisham (2004)

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It is not a legal thriller as the name might hint.

It is rather a chronicle of a young man's life and work as an editor of the county weekly neespaper.
The jurors, last or otherwise, don't even make an appearance until well into the second third of the story, and they don't stay long.

I wouldn't say it is a bad book, it's quite interesting in a way, but it is so much NOT what you'd expect it to be that it's hard not feel at least a little bit disappointed. ( )
  alissee | Dec 8, 2021 |
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  BLTSbraille | Oct 12, 2021 |
It has been a long time since I read a Grisham novel. I enjoyed it--a good quick read about a publisher of a small town newspaper and murder in a small town. Captured the essence of Mississippi of the early seventies. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
The owner of a small town newspaper covers the story of a brutal rape and murder, seeking justice--and now the murderer wants revenge.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 11, 2021 |
John Grisham knows how to tell a story, but I believe he does best when he stays mostly in the court room. This is a a story of ten years in the 1970s in Clanton, Ford County, Mississippi, USA, where life meets death, black meets white, heroes meet crooks, corruption meets honesty and it's just not very interesting.

Southern USA was, and probably is, a bigot, religious place where liberty means the right to cheat or shoot. The book becomes hundreds of pages of ranting, partly painting the 70s in rose tinted romance, partly with 30 years of hindsight weaving an unlikely story of corruption and sieged clans.

If you like John Grisham's law novels, then don't make the mistake I made, and think that the title indicated another one of them. If you like John Grisham's "life in Ford County" novels, then maybe you will like this, but I don't recommend it. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
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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, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details and the paper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when he was found guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison, but in Mississippi, in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life" and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County and the retribution began.

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