A Time for Mercy

A Time for Mercy

eBook - 2020
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Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers. Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham's storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart. Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham's most powerful courtroom drama yet. There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy .
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2020.
ISBN: 9780385545976
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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CairoL51
Mar 27, 2021

I seemed to have enjoyed this story more than some other reviewers. I enjoy the background on characters and following the repeat characters that we know from previous books. Listened to this one on playaway and enjoyed the narrator's voice. That makes a big difference for me when I am listening to books. This one does not have a neat "tie everything up in a bow" ending. Don't think I am ruining things since many other reviewers mention this as well. I didn't mind this because life is rarely neat and tidy.

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21221018293347
Mar 24, 2021

Better than some of his other recent books, which have been really awful. Starts out well; bogs down in the middle with too much extraneous storyline. The court room drama towards the end is good, but then a disappointing conclusion, or a conclusion in anticipation of another story. If there is another story, Grisham should take his time and editing to create a sequel to what was his first dynamic book in "A time to kill". Otherwise, it is will a "time to retire". Note too, the use of cell phones in the 1990's?

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Vincent2017
Mar 15, 2021

Would give this book 3 stars. Was a great book until the ending.

cfitzer1 Mar 09, 2021

recommended by Ethyll

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kalupusa9
Feb 15, 2021

This is his worst book, totally disappointed, way too long with a meaningless ending

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Ljparker5807
Feb 12, 2021

What a disappointment and frankly a waste of time. At the end of the book, Grisham states he was lazy in the writing and editing of this book and boy does that show. This book was way too long and some of the resolutions are just too hard to believe. There is talk of a movie and if a movie is made, they will need to seriously rewrite the script. Grisham is becoming like many of these prolific writers of best sellers and is just putting in minimal effort. There is nothing to gain by reading this novel.

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catspaws
Jan 23, 2021

I agree with a lot of these comments...slogged through this very long book just to be very disappointed by the ending...if he left the door open for a sequel, I'll skip it.
I have been a reader of many of his books and liked the earlier ones a lot better.

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NedSu
Jan 21, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Ford County. Lots of memorable characters return and the main courtroom story represents a compelling legal dilemma. Grisham takes the time to flesh out his characters and makes us care about them.

That is why we are disappointed with the ending- the struggles remain for the characters, maybe slightly better, but not resolved. It is a good ending, though, and reminds us that life is messy- and it sets us up for more Ford County tales. I look forward to it.

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bullswon6
Jan 08, 2021

As with all his books, Grisham offers interesting characters and a suspenful story. However, he leaves so much unanswered at the end that I felt very disappointed. I read 464 pages and it was like Grisham got tired and did not want to write anymore. Very unlike him to do this.

TSCPL_Sherry Jan 03, 2021

I enjoyed reading about familiar characters including Jake Brigance, Judge Noose, and Sheriff Ozzie from the town of Clanton, Mississippi. The story line is a good one; including social issues like domestic abuse and poverty. The book did leave some questions unanswered.

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