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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 ... Read review

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AN UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP

AdvantagesWell crafted good story, good plot and strong characterisation

DisadvantagesLoose ends are tied too neatly

"...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 buys me books and there’s usually a pretty good chance of a Grisham book being in with them, as it’s the only name that appears to stay in his memory! This year he gave me “The Last Juror”. It’s now about ..." Read review
01.03.2005

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Under Slow Southern Skies

AdvantagesPeople & place

DisadvantagesThe blurb!

"...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 War"…and a propos the resultant scarring has laboured much of life under the nickname 'Spot' He has spent most of the last decade or so writing obituaries. And there you ..." Read review
27.10.2006

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Early Grisham hits the right note

AdvantagesGreat page turner

DisadvantagesNone

"...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 drama with a spoldge of social commentary thrown into their light fiction, then Grisham is the perfect choice. Not being a frequent flier, I cannot claim ..." Read review
15.02.2009

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Lynne judges Grisham's Jury!

AdvantagesA slight return to form

DisadvantagesNot as groundbreaking as his earlier work.

"...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 Last Juror, has gone some way into allowing him to redeem himself. It’s not the best that he has written, but is very good. However, he still fails to capture the passion and suspense which was apparent in The Pelican Brief and The Firm. ..." Read review
01.05.2004

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Get on the Grisham Juggernaught!

Advantages Easy and Quick to read

Disadvantages 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 and murder of a young mother by the notorious and secretive Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reports all the gruesome details and the newspaper begins to prosper. The ..." Read review
21.02.2007

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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 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 courtroom 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. About the AuthorJohn 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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Author John Grisham
Title The Last Juror
Genre Thriller
Type Fiction
ISBN 0099457156; 0375728295; 0385339682; 0385510446; 0739441655; 1844131599; 1844131610

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