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Publisher Description

#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.

Mysteries & Thrillers
Michael Beck
hr min
October 23
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Danstone77 ,


Very disappointing. This is on a par with Sycamore Row; drawn out, going nowhere and offering no redeeming qualities to bring it out of the 15+ hour rut it takes you through.
I couldn’t care for any of the characters and cannot believe how an author could drag such a simple story out so long. Split into three parts that are so long-winded that I actually gave myself a pat on the back for finishing it.

sticky pengin ,


Entire book can be summed up in two sentences. And you’d be capturing a lot of detail if you did.

tinguaro1221 ,

The reckoning

Great reading.

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