Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful."
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
That buzzing sound you hear? The sounds of legions of John Grisham fans’ hearts racing—Jake Brigance is back! The star defense lawyer from the best-selling author’s massive 1989 hit A Time to Kill and the 2013 followup, Sycamore Row, returns for his third gripping legal thriller. Grisham takes us to Clanton, Mississippi in 1990, where 16-year-old Drew Gamble has been arrested and charged with shooting a sheriff’s deputy. No one is disputing the fact that he pulled the trigger, but when Jake learns why the shooting took place, the attorney discovers that saving Drew from the gas chamber could mean putting his own life on the line. Grisham remains a master of suspense both in the courtroom and out. We were enthralled by his effortless dissection of small-town Southern life, with all its charms, quirks, and deeply held prejudices. A Time For Mercy is John Grisham at his best: a twisty and page-turning legal thriller that makes us re-examine some of our own beliefs.
At the start of bestseller Grisham's disappointing third outing for attorney Jake Brigance (after 2013's Sycamore Row), deputy sheriff Stu Kofer comes home one night in 1990 to the isolated house outside Clanton, Miss., he shares with his lover, Josie. In a drunken rage, Kofer falsely accuses Josie of infidelity, and knocks her unconscious. Kofer falls asleep after a half-hearted attempt to break into the room of Josie's 14-year-old daughter, Kiera, whom he has sexually abused. Josie's 16-year-old son, Drew, believes his unresponsive mother is dead, and fears Kofer will attack Kiera. After dialing 911 to report Josie's murder, Drew takes the sleeping lawman's service weapon and shoots him in the head. A judge taps Brigance to defend Drew after the teenager is charged with intentional homicide. As Brigance prepares his case, he learns a secret that he hopes will bolster his chances in court. The high-profile murder trial that follows, however, doesn't live up to the promise of the book's harrowing opening: the prosecuting attorney proves a weak opponent for Brigance, and the tepid courtroom proceedings fail to engage. This one's for Grisham diehards only.
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I loved the book and couldn’t put it down. I always love these characters and have read all of Grisham novels. All of his characters are alive and speaking the truth.
Couldn’t put it down
Great read. Excellent storyline. Love the characters continuing to evolve.
Good Read, but went off trail at times
I didn’t like it, I LOVED IT! Did not like the occasional jumping to other seemingly less relevant cases, but that is a miner complaint on a good book