The Last Juror: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2010 - Fiction - 512 pages
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In 1970, Willie Traynor comes to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old finds himself the owner of Ford County’s only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America is in the grips of turmoil, Clanton lives on the edge of another age—until the brutal murder of a young mother rocks the town and thrusts Willie into the center of a storm.

Daring to report the true horrors of the crime, Willie makes as many friends as enemies in Clanton, and over the next decade he sometimes wonders how he got there in the first place. But he can never escape the crime that shattered his innocence or the criminal whose evil left an indelible stain. Because as the ghosts of the South’s past gather around Willie, as tension swirls around Clanton, men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by one—as a killer exacts the ultimate revenge.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.


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Quite a good story with a reasonable ending. - LibraryThing
Another thing that annoyed me was the actual ending. - LibraryThing
The character development, esp. - LibraryThing
The ending was also very abrupt. - LibraryThing
This was much more character-driven than plot driven. - LibraryThing
In my mind, that is always a suitable ending. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - sammii507 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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