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Publisher's Summary

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful".

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many listeners know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and - most of all - heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

©2020 John Grisham (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Wonderful, but...

To say I LOVE John Grisham books would be an understatement. I have read every one including his non legal thrillers and his collection of short stories. I love when he continues to write in places previously written about, as it gives so much more depth to his characters. This story is no exception.

The narrative itself is “Grishamesque” in that it has legal drama with strong leading and supporting details. I enjoyed this book, but I wish the ending had been more developed. I want to know what happens to the Gamble family and to Drew specifically. I hope by leaving the ending as such, it will allow him to write another book with the Gambles. I also think another book about Porcha and her legal career would be a good spin off.

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Good, but predictable

I like just about any Grisham book, but this was just too predictable.

Still, I would listen to Michael Beck read just about anything. Perfect voice for Grisham.

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Lacked the suspense of a John Grisham novel

I am usually a Grisham Fan but not this one. It was very predictable and lacked the suspense and twists of his previous novels.

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Another Grisham Great!

I really enjoyed the story, and this narrator is the best. He truly fits every Grisham story. I wish the audio book had not been the abridged version, however.

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Loved this book. Hard to stop listening. Great characters and storyline. Was hopeful for a clear ending to trial outcome. Love me some Jake Brigance and little/growing family.

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another great book

another great book by john, I'm already looming forward to his next book. great job

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Wow & wow!

I love this book because it could've been anybody, no matter what color or creed as long as they were poor and in a bad situation. It is very true to life.

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Good story and Grisham clever

The story was captivating like a good Grisham but it read -or narrated - like a screen play. The choppy sentences and trivial details were annoying .

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John Grisham!!!

Love John Grisham, this was amazingly written! I have been reading his books for years, my favorite author!

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Audible books and narration

This book was outstanding. I have been reading John Grishom' books for a long time and Michael Beck's skill in reading and giving each character a different voice and character was outstanding and I will be looking for other audible books narrated by him.