The Last Juror - John Grisham
In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colourful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership wa...
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" I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it."
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 murderer, Danny Padgitt was tried before a packed courtroom in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial climaxes with a threat from Danny, that if the jurors convict him he will exact revenge. Despite this, he is convicted and 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.
The murder of Rhoda Kassellow and the trial of Danny Padgitt is merely a backdrop, in the book John Grisham explores many of the issues of the early seventies, including the further loss of belief in the Vietnam by the nations youth, and belief of southern adults that they were doing right. There is also the civil rights movement, which becomes more prevalent when a black woman, Calia Ruffin, a friend of Willie Traynors, is sequestered to the trial of Danny Padgitt as one of the Jurors and is in fact the last juror.The narrator comes in the form of Willie Traynor, in the beginning he is a somewhat fickle, headstrong man who doesn't really understand how the small town works, but buys the newspaper as he knows how much money a small newspaper can bring in if it is properly run. He also believes that free press can a change in the community. As the book progresses through the nine years, Traynor becomes more attached to the community, but also becomes more embittered towards corruption that occurs in the small county and more willing to protest.
The tone of the writing is slow and easy, but that doesn't mean boring, it only helps to put across the attitude and feel of the small community, and how much everyone is rocked by Rhoda's murder, and the anger at the amount of corruption in their local police force.A good easy read that doesn't tax your brain, but is very enjoyable. Anyone stuck for something to read on holiday this year, THE LAST JUROR comes highly recommended.
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Manufacturer's product descriptionIn 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.
Author: John Grisham
Title: The Last Juror
ISBN: 0099457156; 0375728295; 0385339682; 0385510446; 0739441655; 1844131599; 1844131610, 0099457156
Publisher: Arrow Books
All Authors: John Grisham
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