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4.5875 out of 54.5875 out of 54.5875 out of 54.5875 out of 54.5875 out of 5 4.59 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553753301
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In this searing courtroom drama, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence … as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town.

Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime … until  her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of  sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life … and then his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grisham enraptures us.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • Grisham's pleasure in relating the Byzantine  complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is  contagious and he tells a good story...An enjoyable book. Library Journal.  
  • Grisham excels! Dallas Times  Herald.
  • Grisham's pleasure in relating the Byzantine  complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is contagious and he tells a good  story...An enjoyable book. Library  Journal.
  • Grisham excels! Dallas Times Herald.
  • “Grisham excels!”

    Dallas Times Herald

  • “Grisham is an absolute master.”

    Washington Post

  • “[An] addictive tale.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Grisham’s pleasure in relating the Byzantine complexities of Clanton, Mississippi politics is contagious and he tells a good story…An enjoyable book.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/21/2011

    " The only Grisham book I liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 5/19/2011

    " OK. Not his best. The movie was much, much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 5/18/2011

    " I liked this, seemed pirate like to me:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/15/2011

    " The very best of Grisham. Have read it more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 5/10/2011

    " This is such a great story, but I might actually have to say I liked the movie better. It was so well cast and expertly told the main themes of the story very concisely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 5/10/2011

    " Distrubing beginning. Fabulous read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diedre | 5/9/2011

    " I have read everyone of grisham's books and this is still the best one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/5/2011

    " Probley IMO His Best Book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 5/2/2011

    " I really loved this book when I read it back in the 90's. I remember thinking that it would make an awesome movie, but it would be too controversial. I guess I was wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/23/2011

    " Great read as usual. Always one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/22/2011

    " It was a really good book and far better than the movie. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.