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In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colourful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college drop-out, named ...

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“AN UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP”

published 01/03/2005

Well crafted good story, good plot and strong char...

Loose ends are tied too neatly

Despite being a really big fan of John Grisham, I was mightily disappointed in the last effort I read “The King of Torts” (see previous review). It’s probably mainly for that reason that until now I had avoided picking up another John Grisham novel. However, at Christmas time, my husband always...

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“Under Slow Southern Skies”

published 27/10/2006

People & place

The blurb!

"After decades of patient mismanagement and loving neglect the Ford County Times went bankrupt in 1970." Our narrator goes on to tell us that the owner "Miss Emma" is strapped to a bed in a nursing home in Tupelo, and that her son, Wilson, in his seventies, has a plate in his head from "the First...

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Great page turner

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To quote one newspaper critic on the cover - 'the juggonaut that is Grisham' rolls on. This most appropriate epithet to the multi-bestselling list topper, describes one who has sold millions of copies of his blockbusters and who is also, a cracking story teller. For someone who wants a dollop of...

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“Lynne judges Grisham's Jury!”

published 01/05/2004

A slight return to form

Not as groundbreaking as his earlier work.

I am an avid fan of John Grisham, and have read most of his books. Unfortunately I was let down by the dreadful Bleachers, which proved a big mistake for Grisham (in my eyes at least), as he moved away from a genre which had made his name, and made him a whole host of fans. Luckily enough, The...

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Easy and Quick to read

As mr grisham states,liberty taken with laws!

In 1970, The Ford County Times, a small newspaper in the backwaters of Mississippi went bankrupt. To the surprise of the town ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college drop out named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked as bleak as its not too distant past, until the brutal rape...

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Satisfactory

“Better but not good enough!!”

published 01/06/2004

Its better than his other recent efforts

The ending is a complete let down

I have been reading John Grisham for more years than I care to recall, I always loved his thrillers and although they became a little formulaic, I still found the legal machinations fascinating. However his recent novels, the dull Bleachers and the dead loss Painted House, left me cold so I...

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“Nostalgic Grisham”

published 10/08/2004

A good effort in comparison to recent works

Weak!

If there is one thing that John Grisham is, it is prolific.If there is another thing he is, it is nostalgic. And so, the latest in his long string of novels sees him returning both to the scene of his first, A Time to Kill, and Clanton, Mississippi and the genre of his greatest success with The...

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“Not one of his best novels.”

published 20/04/2005

the print is easy to read

too many characters

I have already read a number of John Grisham's novels, he is one of my favourite authors. His latest release 'The Last Juror' is a story about a town in Mississippy, where a man called 'Willie Traynor' buys a local newspaper called 'The Ford County Times'. At first the paper struggles to make any...

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