A Time To Kill
  • A Time To Kill
  • A Time To Kill
ISBN: 0440211727
EAN13: 9780440211723
Language: English
Pages: 515
Dimensions: 1.06" H x 6.89" L x 4.13" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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John Grisham has become, in less than three years, America's most popular author. While The Firm first put him on bestseller lists across the country, and The Pelican Brief and The Client confirmed his status as the master of the legal thriller, it was A Time to Kill that launched his writing career. Originally published in a small print-run in 1989, and for years unavailable in hardcover, Doubleday is proud to publish a new trade hardcover edition of this gripping courtroom drama. Near the rural town of Clanton, Mississippi, little Tonya Hailey is brutally raped, beaten, and left for dead by two drunken and remorseless men. The rapists are almost immediately caught in a road side bar, where they have been bragging of their exploits. When the men appear in court days later, Tonya's father Carl bursts out of the courthouse basement, and executes them with an assault rifle. Murder or executions? Justice or revenge? Carl trusts his life to only one man in town - local criminal lawyer Jake Brigance, who dreams of famous cases, headlines, and the big time. Jake is about to face the fight of his life, and he knows it. Not only is he up against Rufus Buckley - a tough, ambitious district attorney who realizes that a murder conviction could help him gain higher office - but he has a much bigger problem: the rapists are white, the judge is white - and Carl is black. This is a trial sure to change forever the lives of everyone involved. A Time to Kill is a riveting novel that challenges everything we think we know about justice and equality.

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   Great for an introduction to John Grisham's writing
This was my first John Grisham book. I also think this is the first fiction book I've seen published by one of the Big 5 that was only $2.99. Even though this was written in the 80s, the racial hate and prejudice that existed then still exists today.
   Great Reread Years Later
I read this when it came out, and I saw the film a long time ago. When I saw the movie, I reread the entire script and saw the action scenes. My memory of this as a story was on target, but now I feel it is even better than on first reading. The show's creators and performers are well developed and the characters are well developed, too, he said. I loved Time Kill and quickly dived into Sycamore Row which almost reaches the same level with many of the same characters and the same locale. Great read, said Dr. Goin.
   Without a doubt Time to Kill is the most memorable ...
Without a doubt Time to Kill by John Grisham is the most memorable novel I have read so far this year, with Sycamore Row by David L Robbins coming in a close second. All three caused me to read late into the night, during lunch, and held my attention in an attempt to keep turning the pages to the very end.
   Good story. Well told.
The role of black church men over blown. Ditto the commendable performance of Jake Brigance and his cronys while drunk as skunks.
   Good book
Well written book no clues whatsoever about how would eventually turn out but I kept in suspense the entire book worth the read.
   Good book!!
Grisham has done a great job of translating Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities" into a single volume. It was a great finale to a great show, and I enjoyed it very much, especially the end.
   Not Aging Well
Absolutely revolting book about seventies Mississippi at some time in the past, I'm told. It may have been a tad late, but now smells like spoiled cheese.
   Better than advertised!
Surprise! Call the police: 318-848-4222. It was like new and got here on time. Proud to have it in my collection, Tunick said. Thanks to Amazon, we get to keep the book. Great price, too, Mr. Dhaliwal said.
I bought this to re-read after reading Elizabeth Bishop's A Time for Mercy, because I couldn't remember the details of this. It was re-released after the film hit big. I'll admit I didn't remember what a jerk Jake was. It's great to be back with friends, and I kept wondering how I got thru this book the first time. None of the main characters, with the exception of Carl Lee, have any redeeming qualities. The other six defendants are the wife, all the attorneys, the judges, the police and the city police. Goldberg said he was not ashamed to try his first time at writing.
   Oh, damn, what a story
However, I must admit a lot made me uncomfortable growing up in the upper midwest, but a really well done story. Overall a great read, said Dr. Goin. The book was first published in 1974 and is considered a New York Times bestseller.