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Publisher's Summary

In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, 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 courthouse 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.

©2004 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2004 Random House, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Wholly engrossing - Grisham's story-telling knack has not deserted him; and the hint that something more serious is at stake than the solution of a crime gives the narrative an extra depth" ( Evening Standard)

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  • Ross Mochrie-Smith
  • 11-20-18

not worth it

very poor attempt. more about how to run a newspaper than the typical political or legal thriller we are used to from the author. feel very let down.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-31-15

Masterful

John Grisham - the lat juror is compelling, enthralling & compulsive listening. Brought to life by Michael Beck a wonderful performer.

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  • K. B.
  • 04-27-15

5stars all the way

Grisham is a terrific storyteller. Story offers amazing insight to a world of yesterday's struggles. Very useful time spent listening to the last Juror.

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  • Ginny
  • 02-24-15

Fantastic story,

I was gripped all the way through and near to tears at the end. fantastic

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  • Beth
  • 05-21-21

Brilliant

This excellently narrated story, written by such a clever author John Grisham. Can't wait for his next book.

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  • Marie
  • 04-02-21

Another great John Grisham book

I enjoyed this book very much. As always, John Grisham draws believable characters and tells engrossing, interesting stories which draw the reader in.

There is never a dull moment. Michael Beck yet again is the best possible narrator, giving life to every character. His masterful talent really increases the enjoyment of another great Grisham tale. I have one little criticism though, and that is the music which accompanied the last couple of minutes of the book was sentimental and distracting. It was an intrusion. Nonetheless, another super story, well told.

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  • Edmund G.
  • 03-15-21

Compelling as always!

Not my favourite Grisham novel, but nonetheless, a compelling read. Grisham writes fiction that feels like history.

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  • Peace
  • 02-08-21

A nostalgic read!!

I truly enjoyed the last juror. I read it years ago as a child and it just brought back my love of reading. The narrator was good and managed to bring the characters to life. This was a credit well spent!!

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  • NICO
  • 01-16-21

Amazing!

A few years ago, I randomly picked up the book from my local GP. I read it and loved it. Now listening to it, it's reminded me how great the book is.
Well Read!
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Highly recommend !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-20

a great story

I really loved this book and didn't want it to end. really love the narrator.

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  • Trev Mitchell
  • 09-04-20

Great story. Presentation had faults

I’m a pretty big Grisham fan. Once again he got me sucked into the story and it was fantastic. I was slightly disappointed that at times the presentation was crackly and the narrator seemed a bit distracted.

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  • Shorty
  • 06-13-16

Thrilling and filled with suspense

The book was really interesting, filled with suspense and very thrilling. However the last 3 hours just seemed to drag.

I really liked the narrator's voice. His voice easily slipped into one character from another. I am guessing Baggy is a white man, however from the voice when playing him, he sounded like a black man.


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  • Matthew Worrall
  • 01-14-16

not a patch on Grisham's other books....

Unfortunately found this story uninteresting. Which, I'm surprised at, considering I have really liked every other story he has written...