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Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9780525639305
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#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.

 

“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”

USA Today

 

 October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi



Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

           

In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern-family saga…Grisham does so much more this time around. Associated Press
  • John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoningan original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet. David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon
  • John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang — and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be. Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things
  • In this saga of love and war, John Grisham has given us a sprawling and engrossing story about a southern family, a global conflict, and the kinds of secrets that can shape all of us.  From the courtrooms and jails of rural Mississippi to the war-torn Pacific, Grisham spins a tale that is at once entertaining and illuminating. Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of America

    “When a master of storytelling and suspense takes on one of the most wrenching stories in history, the result is a book that will break your heart, set your blood pumping and your mind racing, and leave you gasping for breath by the final page. I’m still trying to recover from The Reckoning.
  • “John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang…to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be.”

    Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoning—an original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet.”

    David Grann, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham’s argument that he’s not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”

    USA Today

  • “The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern-family saga…Grisham does so much more this time around.”

    Associated Press

  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in historical thrillers

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About the Author

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers. Thirty-three of his crime thrillers have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list

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.