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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36,604 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, the Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a twenty-three-year-old college dropout named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in 1970 Mississippi, “life in prison” didn’t necessarily mean “life in prison,” and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of his best: a thoughtful and atmospheric thriller.”

    New York Times

  • “[The Last Juror] ranks among [Grisham’s] best-written and most atmospheric novels.”

    USA Today

  • “Grisham lets his suspense build slowly, holding the reader to the end and creating a memorable cast of characters.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Grisham weaves the suspense of a courtroom drama throughout the novel, but this story is more thoughtful and wide-ranging than his usual thrillers.…one of Grisham’s best.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Sit back, relax, and savor the descriptions of Miss Callie’s home cooking and a young man’s sentimental education.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Those who enjoyed the warm sentiment of [Grisham’s] recent novels will still find much to love here.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Particularly fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Goldcraft | 2/17/2014

    " John Grisham knows how to write about the South in the 70's. This book has wonderful characters, twists and turns, great description, and increasing levels of suspense. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jake Keyel | 2/9/2014

    " I've also read "A Time to Kill" and "The Pelican Brief". Those titles are thrillers, while this is more a slice of life story of a (fictional) small town in Mississippi with a legal "thriller" tacked on, almost as an afterthought. I think it would have been better if this novel had just stuck to vignettes about life in the South and left the underdeveloped courtroom drama for a different book. Although, it's John Grisham, so, I suppose it had to be a courtroom drama. The worst part about that plot line was the predictability. There was no question for me who the killer(s) were at any point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adriana | 2/3/2014

    " A good read. I wouldn't say that it is one of my favorites. I did enjoy the historical 60s & 70s aspect that was incorporated into the story. Grisham really made you feel like you lived in the time. His writing skills are truly incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Raquel Martin | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting and a bit different for Grishiam. More focus on charters than mystery. "

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