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Jake Brigance, the protagonist of John Grisham's classic legal thriller A Time to Kill, is back. This time he's at the epicentre of a sensational murder trial that bitterly divides the citizens of Clanton, Mississippi. 

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. It established Jake as a classic American hero - a lawyer who sought truth and justice at all costs, even when his life and reputation were on the line.

Brigance returned in 2013's Sycamore Row, in which he once again found himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial.

Now, in A Time for Mercy, Jake is the court-appointed lawyer for Drew Gamble, a young man accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance sees it another way. Once he learns the details of the case, he realises he has to do everything he can to save Drew...who is 16. His commitment to the truth puts Jake's career and the safety of his family at risk.

Filled with all the courtroom machinations, small-town intrigues and plot twists that have become hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy emphatically confirms John Grisham's reputation as America's favourite storyteller.

There is a time to kill, a time for justice, and a time for mercy.

©2020 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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An engaging read

I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly.

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Another great one

Sensational narration
Brilliant story
The usual and wonderful John Grisham.
Ford county gets better with every visit.

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loved it

Jake what a great man. I loved this book . I can see Matthew M playing that part again.

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A hard hitter for the ages

This, like all John Grishams novels, has been an absolutely spell binding story told by a master at his craft.
The ending leaves us teased almost with the promise of a future book. And I will pre-order and listen to it start to finish in record time as I did this one.
what a master.
thanks John.

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a bit too slow

I'm a Grisham fan but this book tried my patience at times - I probably wouldn't have finished the book if I was reading rather than listening to an Audio book - really good narration

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Classic Grisham

This book was a "page turner" and typical of Grisham's earlier books. I would definite recommend.

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overly dramatic

The story is an ususl Grisham and quite lovable. The narration was unfortunately terribly dramatisrd, felt suoerficial and false.

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Ok kept me listenening...

Sorry to be a detractor and saying that I love John Grisham novels but at over 19 hours this did tend to drag on and be a bit repetitive at times... The ending seemed to wrap up at the speed of lightning comapared to the entire narrative.
I did not surrender but I did need a number of rest breaks over a number of days... Just found the ending to be a bit flat.
But dotn let that put you off as there are clearly a lot of positive reviews.

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Riveting story well narrated

Difficult to put it down as with most John Grishams. Good to listen to the Mississipi drawl.

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Fantastic.

Terrific book. Couldn't stop listening. I hope there is another Jake Brigance book on the way.

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  • Jacqui
  • 20-10-2020

Fabulous

I totally enjoyed this book I feel like John Grisham has come back to himself again. There were a few duds in the middle of his career but this one was incredibly good and I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Jazz
  • 31-01-2021

Tip, Top, Grisham.

Unputdownable and glued to my ear! Great plot, enhanced by terrific Southern drawl narration by Michael Beck. Culminating in spell-binding court room drama all narrated in easily-understood lay-man's language. Roll on the next Jake Bragance novel!

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  • Rajesh
  • 26-03-2021

One of the best by Grisham and amazing narration!

I think Micheal Beck's narration made the biggest difference in this book. This is one of the rare books I have heard where the narration and what was being narrated and the characters were so much in sync. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Do let the length of the book intimidate you. It is absorbing and will make you feel as if you actually are a bystander and a resident of Clanton where this book is set.

It is similar to earlier books with Jake Brigance as the protagonist. The characters and the events around them make an amazing plot which is engrossing. Do not expect some twist and turns, just enjoy the story. Get emotional, get angry, get insight into the working of the judiciary in small-town America. Go for it, irrespective of where you live or where you come from.

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  • Jan Buckley
  • 06-02-2021

Most disappointed with this John Grisham

Story was so drawn out .very boring book. One of the very few books I haven’t completed.

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  • mrs.d
  • 01-11-2020

Awful Scottish accent

This is a John Grisham so is reliably listenable and the characters - their various conflicts and camaraderie’s - are hookey. It is such a shame!!! That an otherwise really good and reliable narrator (and I’ve known Jeff Harding so the exact same thing - although his accents are amazing now so he must have worked hard to improve them) can’t be arsed (quite frankly) to bother to even get close to a Scottish accent. This character crops up enough to have warranted at least a stab at getting it right. The narrator’s attempt to affect a Scottish accent ate so incredibly bad it brings the whole thing down. He seems to think rolling his ‘R’s is the key but to anyone from the uk, let alone Scotland it’s appalling. Why is it only US narrators that don’t even try to get any accent apart from the American variations under their belts? And if they can’t be bothered, at least change the characters origin to being from Ohio or somewhere. There is absolutely no point in subjecting listeners to this sort of embarrassing attempt.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-2020

Brilliant, shame about the Scottish accent!

This was an amazing story and brilliant audio with wonderful believable American accents throughout the book!
However, I've lived on a Scottish island for 30 years and even as an incomer found the Scottish accent in this audio unbelievably awfull and embarrassingly painfull to listen too!
It was frankly dreadfull and I can't believe nobody picked up on the unsuitability of the reader!

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  • Steve Bennett
  • 26-10-2020

Perfect road trip novel

As much as I like a shocking plot twist or waiting for various timelines to converge, sometimes I want to be taken along a linear journey of a story and John Grisham excels at this. Even though there is nothing groundbreaking in this latest visit to Clanton, it was a thoroughly engaging story and felt like catching up with people you've not seen for ages. If you like Grisham, pull up a chair you'll be right at home, if you don't, this probably won't change your mind. Michael Beck is on top form, maybe not so much on the Scottish accent, but his overall performance would make me recommend the audiobook over the actual printed versions.

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  • Jeremy
  • 28-12-2020

Disappointing

Unsatisfactory conclusion. I was left thinking if the hero couldn't convince a jury to find the accused not guilty in those circumstances, then he really couldn't be much good at his job. Also, just too schmaltzy and corny.... not sure I'll ever go for another Grisham after this one. He spins a good yarn but I think this was my final dollop of Jake - Bit sick of his kind hearted, cheesy well intentioned platitudes by the end. I'd prefer Grisham went back to one off stories. Good effort by the narrator until he tried the Scottish accent. Just couldn't take him seriously after that.

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  • Jasemin
  • 08-04-2021

Not his best. Worth a listen but the Scottish accent was grim

All I have to say is that the Scottish accent in this book was so truly appalling I almost abandoned ship on the whole thing.
Michael Beck is so good and familiar reading Grisham books that I think John should consider Michael’s range when he writes these stories now

Love John Grisham and Michael Beck’s audio but this story was a bit lacking for me and the accent was a hard no

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  • Carôle
  • 06-12-2020

Thorough and Complicated

There is an element of’What else can go wrong?’ in this, and it builds up they tension. Very well written. This is a well rounded story, not just the actual crime and legal case, but the friendships and acquaintanceships all fighting for attention!

The legal outcomes, solutions and strategies take some comprehension - I’m not sure if I totally understand the Railroad strategy...

Well written and very well narrated. Definitely Grisham back in stride!

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  • Tommy b
  • 03-06-2021

Poor story and narration

Some of his books are good.

Not this one. Example of personified cliché, right here, in every single character.

Story finished up in last ten minutes.

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  • Ex Rhodie
  • 03-06-2021

A Great Legal Drama

Another super story from John which kept my attention throughout. A totally believable plot which covered all the legal and internal politics of the South. I loved it.

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  • Andy
  • 30-05-2021

Mrs Doubtfire.

Great book as ever. I did wonder what it would be like read by another narrator. He is good but the sort of stilted style is rather distinctive. Aside from that the only problem was his “Scottish accent” - dreadful - straight out of Mrs Doubtfire. I tried to let it amuse me so it didn’t spoil things and fortunately she wasn’t in it for too much.

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  • Kindle Customer berry
  • 09-05-2021

another great book by john Grisham

li really enjoyed this book ,like most of his novels. cant wait to listen to the next one on my list.

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