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Publisher's Summary

In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, 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 his newspaper 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 the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and 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.

©2004 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2004 Random House, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Wholly engrossing - Grisham's story-telling knack has not deserted him; and the hint that something more serious is at stake than the solution of a crime gives the narrative an extra depth" ( Evening Standard)

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Great story. Presentation had faults

I’m a pretty big Grisham fan. Once again he got me sucked into the story and it was fantastic. I was slightly disappointed that at times the presentation was crackly and the narrator seemed a bit distracted.

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Thrilling and filled with suspense

The book was really interesting, filled with suspense and very thrilling. However the last 3 hours just seemed to drag.

I really liked the narrator's voice. His voice easily slipped into one character from another. I am guessing Baggy is a white man, however from the voice when playing him, he sounded like a black man.


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not a patch on Grisham's other books....

Unfortunately found this story uninteresting. Which, I'm surprised at, considering I have really liked every other story he has written...

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  • Elizabeth
  • 31-08-2015

Masterful

John Grisham - the lat juror is compelling, enthralling & compulsive listening. Brought to life by Michael Beck a wonderful performer.

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  • K. B.
  • 27-04-2015

5stars all the way

Grisham is a terrific storyteller. Story offers amazing insight to a world of yesterday's struggles. Very useful time spent listening to the last Juror.

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  • Ginny
  • 24-02-2015

Fantastic story,

I was gripped all the way through and near to tears at the end. fantastic

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  • Virgo Lady
  • 14-11-2020

Not one of his best

I’m a big Grisham fan and have read the majority of his books and listened to quite a few. Most of his books had me totally enthralled and not wanting the story to end. Not this one I’m afraid. Michael Beck was the perfect narrator as usual, but the story was sadly lacking. I couldn’t really get invested in any of the characters and I’m guessing that’s where the problem lies.

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  • Bialykot
  • 18-01-2020

Amazing book and great narrator

I don’t often read books but have recently started to listen to Audible books. John Grisham is a superb author and this book literally sucks you into the story from the start. Michael Beck reads with great style and emotion. The combination of Grisham’s descriptive writing and Beck’s narration is really first class. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2019

Great book

As ever another brilliant book by John Gridham made all the better by the superb narration.

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  • James
  • 06-11-2019

Beautiful

Wonderful story, beautifully set in a part of the world Grisham clearly not only knows intimately, but also obviously loves. The story is more about the beautiful friendship that grows between the two main characters and is wonderfully narrated. The ending is made the more emotionally engaging due to the brilliantly emotive narration and it makes you feel like you're a part of the story. It's Grisham as you know him but I wonder how much would be lost without such fabulous narration. It really makes the book for me. Can't wait to move onto Sycamore Row!

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  • stephen pickering
  • 10-05-2019

well read as usual by Michael beck.

the ending was a little cheesy and quick. but a good book overall . enjoyed it.

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  • Ian Maclean
  • 15-01-2019

John Grisham gives us literature

A beautiful literary portrait of a time and place, rather than just a murder mystery... but you get the gripping murder mystery with its unputdownable finale too. Yet another amazing book from this wonderful author.

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  • Harrycat
  • 09-01-2019

Disappointed

I generally enjoy John Grisham's novels but this one just did not seem to have the depth and interest of most of his others, it was a story but I would not listen to it again and would not recommend it. The narrator did a very good job with a mediocre subject matter.

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