The electrifying new thriller from internationally bestselling author John Grisham.
John Grisham returns to Clanton, Mississippi, to tell the story of an unthinkable murder, the bizarre trial that followed it, and its profound and lasting effect on the people of Ford County.
Pete Banning was Clanton's favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour, and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell.
As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'.
And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.
Praise for Grisham's latest book, The Rooster Bar
'Scintillating storytelling' - The Sunday Times
'A buoyant, mischievous thriller . . . This reliable best-selling author is feeling real pleasure, and not just obligation, in delivering his work' - New York Times
(P)2018 Random House Audio
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
John Grisham takes a hiatus from his legal thrillers to serve up a subversive mystery—it’s a whydunit, not a whodunit. When upstanding vet Pete Banning commits a methodically planned and inexplicable murder, it shocks his 1940s Mississippi hometown. Pete refuses to reveal his motive, setting up a complex puzzle of a story that pieces together dark family secrets, World War II stories, and the racist realities of the Jim Crow-era South. Narrator Michael Beck’s commanding, no-nonsense delivery echoes Banning’s unblinking stoicism and is a perfect fit for Grisham’s terse prose.