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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36,605 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Terrence Mann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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

  • John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn. Entertainment Weekly
  • John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days. New York Times Book Review
  • “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 Kathy | 1/26/2014

    " One of the better Grisham's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Berjes Malegamwala | 1/19/2014

    " Though i rate it 4 stat but am disappointed with the treatment of the story. (Grisham has set very high standards for his writing for a fan of his work) An amazing plot but wavers off too many times during its narration and its completely not like Grisham. Every time you think something is building up it falls off the main plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tabitha | 1/7/2014

    " This was an enjoyable book; it was a page turner, but don't start it if you aren't willing to follow all the way through with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hayseed | 12/18/2013

    " A super fast read, couldn't put it down, good whodunnit. "

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