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When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the monsters who have raped his ten-year-old child, the people of Clanton see it as a crime of blood and call for his acquittal. But when extremists outside Clanton hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. Jake Brigance has been hired to defend Hailey. It's the kind of case that can make or break a young lawyer. But in the maelstrom of Clanton, it is also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed. 'The best thriller writer alive' Ken Follett, Evening Standard 'Grisham is a natural storyteller' Daily Telegraph 'A giant of the thriller genre' Time Out 'Leaves one eager for more' Spectator
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John Grisham is the author of twenty-one previous novels, one work of non-fiction, a collection of short stories, and a novel for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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In this lively novel, Grisham explores the uneasy relationship of blacks and whites in the rural South. His treatment is balanced and humane, if not particularly profound, slighting neither blacks nor whites. Life becomes complicated in the backwoods town of Clanton, Mississippi, when a black worker is brought to trial for the murder of the two whites who raped and tortured his young daughter. Everyone gets involved, from Klan to NAACP. Grisham's pleasure in relating the byzantine complexities of Clanton politics is contagious, and he tells a good story. There are touches of humor in the dialogue; the characters are salty and down-to-earth. An enjoyable book, which displays a respect for Mississippi ways and for the contrary people who live there. Recommended.-- David Keymer, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica

"The best thriller writer alive" * Evening Standard * "Grisham is a natural storyteller" * Daily Telegraph * "A giant of the thriller genre" * Time Out *

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