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The Last Juror


Of the notorious Padgitt family Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details and his newspaper began to prosperThe 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 juror. Not really a courtroom drama or legal thriller; instead this novel foc

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In 1970 one of Mississippi's 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. Great read Geometric Dimensioning And Tolerancing: Self Study Workbook paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member. Great read

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S 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 From the Hardcover edition. This is the first Grisham book I've ever read and it is really not a co Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary Experience prison But in Mississippi in 1970 life didn't necessarily mean life and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself Breaking into Information Security: Learning the Ropes 101 paroled He returned to Ford County and the retribution began From the Hardcover edition. This is the first Grisham book I've ever read and it is really not a co

10 thoughts on “The Last Juror

  1. says:

    Great read

  2. says:

    This was my second Grisham novel but I was disappointed The storyline was fine I enjoyed the character of Willie who saves the local newspaper in Mississippi in the 1970's then begins to cover a sensational case of the brutal rape and murder of a young single mum I ended up reading to finish I just was not as invested as I would have hoped to have been I enjoyed the family of Callie and the dynamics between her and the young and inexperienced journalisteditor Willie Their relationship blossomed and I enjoyed their banter about society of the times and Callie's weekly scrutinising of the errors in the paper Mr Grisham writes well though and as in my first book The Client it's evident he knows his legal stuff and you do feel in safe experienced 'legal' hands

  3. says:

    A great pleasure to read A nice story with good atmosphere As always Grisham’s writing is witty and down to Earth

  4. says:

    The first half of this book was about a rapemurder trial and conviction Very well pacedThe smaller middle section lacked any intensity and concerned various topics primarily the workings of a small town Mississippi weekly newspaperAt this point I was on the fence with a 3 or 4 star rating and wondering where this was goingThe last 80 pages picked up the earlier pace and with a touching climax I settled on 4 starsWell written in the usual Grisham style

  5. says:

    One of Grisham's best I'd say The author capitalized on what he does best that's the legal part then added a lot of heart to it  It combines the thrill and drama of the scenes in the courtroom with the heart and soul and lives of its many colorful charactersThe story spans a decade the 70's a period of transformation and awakening especially in the deep south  It talks about taking risks commitment growing up  It demonstrates the power of the written word  It relates how true friendship can break barriers  All of these Mr Grisham cooked up and peppered it with the legal excitement that he's become a master of and the result is just very tasteful

  6. says:

    Not really a courtroom drama or legal thriller; instead this novel focuses on the media in a small town in Mississippi Willie Traynor takes over the local newspaper in Clanton Mississippi The previous owner had apparently gone mad and was basically filling his pages with nothing but obituaries The residents had grown used to this and adapted to it to the extent that they wanted nothing than for their personal obituary to feature prominently Traynor slowly sets about changing the culture and the big trial of Danny Padgitt for the rape and murder of a local woman could be just the thing Meanwhile Traynor develops a friendship with an elderly black lady Miss Callie this was in the 1970's when segregation had just been outlawed The whole town turns out for the trial as Traynor waits anxiously for the details in order to sell newspapers Then Miss Callie is suddenly summonsed for Jury service but she doesn't really believe in the death penalty What will be the repercussions of the decisions made in the Jury room and will those outside ever find out exactly what was said and by whom?This novel features the usual small town characters with the gossip and rumour mill working steadily Unusually the story is told from the point of view of the journalist Traynor who has his finger in a lot of pies I ended up feeling a bit indifferent about the character who comes across as a bit wishy washy and blah Just kindof mooching through life without much passion He uses his newspapers to write some left wing articles about the Vietnam war but the reader is left with a feeling that he doesn't really feel as strongly about the subjects as he is attempting to convey through his writingSimilar to the last Grisham book I read I kept waiting for the drama or excitement but it didn't really happen and I felt let down by the ending That said I still had to read to the end which is Grisham's specialty; drawing a reader in so they have to know what happensThere is sexual content in this and it is a little too graphic whilst dealing with the rape There are also a fair few deaths which aren't as graphic There is some bad language but mostly border line words and it isn't freuentThere is a lot of religious content in this book Once again though Grisham misses the mark as he deals with the substance of Christianity His character at one point surveys all of the local churches and describes each service He tries to write a summary of what most Christians believe but it's inadeuate Grisham seems to view Christianity as a pick and choose religion rather than the only way to have our sins forgiven and find peace with God I can't uite make out what his beliefs are from his books as sometimes he seems to mock religious figures and other times he holds them up as examplesThe moral of this story is that success even becoming a millionaire and reaching the top of your gamecareer won't satisfy you There is a restlessness that is within each one of us that keeps us striving towards certain goals When we fulfill one goal we look for another and another and anotherit's the same with material possessions We are always searching for the next best thing The truth is that these things won't ever satisfy us because only God can bring us contentment here on earth and it doesn't come through worldly success or material wealthGrisham fans might like this but there are better onesCheck out my John Grisham Shelf

  7. says:

    Everyone has an opinion on Grisham and if you don't like him feel free to skip my review I read a ton of his books when I was travelling regularly for work I'd pick one up in the airport book store and leave it when I landed on the other side but haven't read one in a while It was good to come back to him with this one Yes it was about a trial and yes it was in the South but this time the narrator is the local newspaper's editorowner Definitely a different tack and one I enjoyed The lawyers in this one explain things to him but aren't centralI loved his descriptions of people in this one I could actually see and hear them talking And the descriptions of the food oh dear This book shouldn't be read when hungry One section I marked to go back to is Miss Callie's pot roast It sounded good enough that I'm going to try itHere's the excerptAs usual I confessed that I'd never had a pot roast so Miss Callie described the recipe and the preparation in detail It was her simplest dish she said Take a beef rump roast leave the fat on it place it in the bottom of the pot then cover it with new potatoes onions turnips carrots and beets; add some salt pepper and water put it in the oven on slow bake and wait five hours She filled my plate with beef and vegetables then covered it all with a thick sauce The beets give it all a purple tint she explainedYum Talk about comfort food

  8. says:

    Nice plot fast paced smooth writing although I felt the ending of the book was uite abrupt and rushed up but nevertheless an enjoyable read It isn't John Grisham best work but still a great read

  9. says:

    This is the first Grisham book I've ever read and it is really not a court drama despite the implications of the title In 1970 23 year old Willie Traynor moves to the small city of Clanton Mississippi and buys the local newspaper which has recently gone bankrupt Soon after this a local woman is raped and murdered by Danny Padgitt son of the redneck mafia that is the Padgitt family The story vaguely meanders around the trial and subseuent fallout over the next several years but mostly it's about Willie's life in Clanton and the people he meets There are a lot of scenes and even minor characters thrown in just for color The ending was mostly predictable with the only major twist feeling like it had been plucked from thin air It wasn't a bad book the characters were definitely believable and often entertaining but from the very beginning I wondered how Grisham would manage to find enough plot to fill the 350 pages Unfortunately he really didn't In the end if you enjoy reading about smalltown Southern life you'll like this If you're looking for an action packed legal thriller you probably want to look elsewhere

  10. says:

    One of my favorite booksI was very impressed The first notable thing about this story is that while there is some courtroom time it is NOT about a court case or a lawyer etc like many of Grisham's books Grisham is a fine writer but in this story about a small southern town and it's very young very green newspaper editorwriter he outdid himself I'll warn that it doesn't have uite as much excitement and suspense as you occasionally find in his courtroom thrillers It's laidback than those although there is some suspense and a touch of blood and gore This story is about people It's about a town that changes over time and the townsfolk who change with it some with relish and some kicking and screaming It's about Willie Trainer the newspaper owner who comes to town an outsider buys the newspaper and over time gains the respect loyalty and love of the town he serves The true beauty of this book though is the incredible way that Mr Grisham introduces you to the characters and the townspeople Each character in this book is a story finely woven You're not readinghearing that Joe Blow eats eggs for breakfast and is wearing black pants and a blue shirt You learn about these people their past their present and you look forward to their future The writing is masterful in the creation of characters that we care about are interested in and who shape this story When I finished the story I actually left the radio off for the rest of my ride home just so I could think about what a wonderful story it was and how much I enjoyed itFollowing Grisham's other non courtroom drama's specifically A Painted House I see his talent is truly in character development But while A Painted House was good it wasn't like this story This had a much satisfying plot filled with wonderful characters and an end that was somewhat expected but that provided an end to a tale and to an era I recommend this story The narration was wonderful Don't go into it expecting the same old Grisham though Go into it expecting a good story about people who touch youThis review is in reference to the unabridged audio version and the narration was excellent on this version This is definitely a book for the commute

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