Tuesday, August 5, 2008

2008 Book 69: The Last Juror

Book #:69

Book Title:The Last Juror

Author:John Grisham


Pub. Date:2004


Started:August 2, 2008

Finished:August 5, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"In 1970, Willie Traynor came to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old found himself the owner of Ford County's only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of American was in the grips of turmoil, Clanton lived on the edge of another age - until the brutal murder of a young mother rocked the town and 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 Clanton, and over the next decade he would 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 South's past gather around Willie, as tension swirfls 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..."

Review:With more time spent in the land of journalism than in a courtroom, this is a bit of a departure from the typical Grisham novel...but it lacks none of the qualities that make Grisham a great read time and time again. You can just picture Willie Traynor as a hippie kid in the 70s who a small town transforms into an eccentric but lovable town figure. The under story, which is Traynor's decade long coverage of a crime and its aftermath, is what reminds us that no one can cover a crime and courtroom scenario better than Grisham. All the way until the end...the reader wonders what in the world could happen next. Highly recommend!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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