#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.”
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.
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.
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Split down the middle
I loved the writing style, frank, brutal and unapologetic. I was drawn into the story and the characters like I am with very few books and I wanted very badly for them to have their happy ending like we all expect these days. Needless to say, I was disappointed.. and angry.. at first, then in considering the title of the book I was able to look back and appreciate the subtlety of the message.
This isn’t my kind of book, I like a good, satisfying ending, but it is thought provoking and the characters are beautifully imperfect.
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.
I love Grisham; but I stopped halfway!
This is about the old adage “when the music is good stop dancing” or at least take a break. Recharge and come back.