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ISBN13: 9780440241577
ISBN10: 044024157x
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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.

Review:

"[C]ompassionate, compulsively readable....[H]eartfelt, wise, suspenseful and funny, one of the best Grishams ever." Publishers Weekly

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"The Last Juror does not need to coast on its author's megapopularity. It's a reminder of how the Grisham juggernaut began." The New York Times

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"[The Last Juror] ranks among his best-written and most atmospheric novels." USA Today

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In 1970, Willie Traynor came to Mississippi in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old college dropout found himself the owner of Ford Countys only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America was in the grips of social turmoil, Willies adopted town of Clanton lived on the edge of another age, until the brutal murder of a young mother rocked the sleepy communityand thrust Willie into the center of a storm.

Daring to report the true horrors of the crime, Willie made as many friends as enemies in Clantonand over the next decade he would take stances, break barriers, and sometimes wonder how he had gotten there in the first place. But he could never escape the crime that had shattered his innocence or the criminal whose evil had left an indelible stain. Because as the ghosts of the Souths past gather around Willie, as issues of race and justice swirl around Clanton, men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by oneas a killer exacts the ultimate revenge. . . .

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of seventeen novels. The Last Juror is his first novel since A Time to Kill to be set in Ford County, Mississippi.

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Cari Sheriff, July 30, 2008 (view all comments by Cari Sheriff)
Another good Grisham book... I read this last year and I already find myself wanting to re-read it. Great detail, amazing story line...
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niceface28, March 4, 2008 (view all comments by niceface28)
I believe this is John Grisham's best work and deserves a place along with the best American fiction, such as Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

It's about a 23-year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor who takes over the town's backrupt newpaper and gains local fame by reporting the gruesome details of a violent rape and murder by one Danny Padgitt. The book follows the trial of Mr. Padgitt that ends with him vowing revenge on the town if he's found guilty. He is and nine years later returns to begin his retribution.

This book is written with so much skill and so much love that it will stay with you forever as a fond memory.
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acchiles1984, April 12, 2007 (view all comments by acchiles1984)
It is an absolutely well-portrayed tale of evils that enter the system because of ignorant lawmakers . The book should be a favourite with readers , though not another legal thriller . Grisham has shown how polished his understanding of the society is .
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440241577
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Newspaper publishing
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.88x4.22x1.13 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages Dell Publishing Company - English 9780440241577 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[C]ompassionate, compulsively readable....[H]eartfelt, wise, suspenseful and funny, one of the best Grishams ever."
"Review" by , "The Last Juror does not need to coast on its author's megapopularity. It's a reminder of how the Grisham juggernaut began."
"Review" by , "[The Last Juror] ranks among his best-written and most atmospheric novels."
"Synopsis" by ,

In 1970, Willie Traynor came to Mississippi in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old college dropout found himself the owner of Ford Countys only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America was in the grips of social turmoil, Willies adopted town of Clanton lived on the edge of another age, until the brutal murder of a young mother rocked the sleepy communityand thrust Willie into the center of a storm.

Daring to report the true horrors of the crime, Willie made as many friends as enemies in Clantonand over the next decade he would take stances, break barriers, and sometimes wonder how he had gotten there in the first place. But he could never escape the crime that had shattered his innocence or the criminal whose evil had left an indelible stain. Because as the ghosts of the Souths past gather around Willie, as issues of race and justice swirl around Clanton, men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by oneas a killer exacts the ultimate revenge. . . .

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