A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) by John Grisham

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Read A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) Online Free - Before The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...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 her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes matters into his hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own.



Title : A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)
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ISBN : 0385338600
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 515 pages


Reviews


Stephen rated it ★★★☆☆

March 08, 2012

Considered Grisham's best novel by many readers far more perspicacious than moi, this well-written, emotionally-charged thriller certainly delivers. While it doesn't rank as my eye's own personal apple, I can certainly see why it is esteemed by fans of both the legal-thriller and Grisham. Despite...


Councillor rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 07, 2016

"A Time to Kill" is a riveting story of retribution and justice ... so does the title imply. Replace riveting by frustrating and you know what I felt while reading this doorstopper of a book. On more than 500 pages, John Grisham delves deep into the schemes and entanglements of a trial in the Sout...


Brina rated it ★★★★☆

March 29, 2016

Read when it first came out. I really ought to reread this prior to reading Sycamore Row. I remember being captivated with the story of Jake Brigance but I details are sketchy at best at this time. Seems like a summer reread is on the horizon.


James rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2012

I confess that when one of my book clubs made this our monthly selection, I approached it with more than a little trepidation. I knew that this was Grisham's first book and that when it was first published as a hardcover, he could hardly give it away. Sales were so poor that there was initially n...


Charlotte rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2008

Continuing with my reading of all Grisham titles. This is the first I've read of the southern trial novels. Extensive use of the N word was disturbing but it's used for an accurate portrayal of the voice of white southerners of the period, not gratuitously. Much more disturbing was the scene of t...


Shaun rated it ★★★★☆

May 23, 2016

A satisfying legal thriller. Grisham gives the reader much to ponder in this story of a black man who kills two men who raped and brutally beat his 10 year-old daughter. It's hard not to root for the father. It also makes one wonder if the story would have worked as well had it been his wife or si...


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 30, 2015

One of my least favorite Grisham's books, and that's saying something. Actually I kind of liked The Pelican Brief and one or two of his others, but mostly they strike me as mediocre writing combined, more often than not, with pulpit-pounding and breast-beating about some legal issue. In this case...


Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

July 18, 2017

Riveting, somber and powerful, A Time to Kill is a totally unforgettable legal thriller telling of secluded prejudice in a small Southern town, and one lawyer who wants to change the world.


Jenny rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2007

There are 104 pages of review on this book, and I read two pages worth and agreed with a dozen or so. I always wondered why cheap thrillers like this book never get discussed in great literature classes and I think I can answer that question. 1. Because there is no interpretation. Books like this...


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

June 10, 2011

A young black girl is raped by two rednecks in Mississippi. She survives and is able to identify the two men. Before their trial begins, the girl’s daddy shows up at the court and mows them down with an M16. Now the black dad is on trial for his life, and attorney Jake Brigantz (the archetype of...





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