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Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ISBNBefore The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice In this searing courtroom drama, best selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violenceas he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern townClanton, Mississippi The life of a ten year old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes matters into his handsFor 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 lifeand then his own


10 thoughts on “A Time to Kill

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    Considered Grisham s best novel by many readers farperspicacious than moi, this well written, emotionally charged thriller certainly delivers While it doesn t rank as my eye s own personal apple, I can certainly see why it is esteemed by fans of both the legal thriller and Grisham Despite being fast paced and a true page turner what I would call a popcorn read , there s a gravity and social conscience that pervades the story and adds a weight to the narrative There is depth here,Considered Grisham s best novel by many readers farperspicacious than moi, this well written, emotionally charged thriller certainly delivers While it doesn t rank as my eye s own personal apple, I can certainly see why it is esteemed by fans of both the legal thriller and Grisham Despite being fast paced and a true page turner what I would call a popcorn read , there s a gravity and social conscience that pervades the story and adds a weight to the narrative There is depth here,than I expected Setting aside for the moment my gripes over some of the language used in the book one vulgarity in particular , Grisham does a nice job of capturing the setting and providing an authentic feel and voice to his characters Overall, a satisfying read that held my attention throughout PLOT SUMMARY Despite its brisky pace, Grisham s Mississippi based legal thriller deals with some tough, serious issues e.g., race relations, vigilantism and justice versus lawful The plot centers on the trial of a poor black father who murders the two white shit stains who raped, tortured and brutalized his 10 year old daughter The crime and the subsequent trial triggers a firestorm of racial tension as factions on both sides become vocal and volatile From the opening pages that describe the brutal rape which was gut wrenching in the extreme to experience, especially as a dad through the final reading of the verdict, Grisham drives the narrative effortlessly and keeps the reader hooked and engaged His story telling is excellent THOUGHTS Howevernow that I have both seen the movie version and read the book, my final verdict is that the film is bothenjoyable and the higher quality product of the two I say this despite the fact that the movie is arguably the sweatiest most lathery film in American history and my wife and I crack up about that every time we see it Those pictures don t do credit to the muggy, perspiration overload of the real thing, but if you haven t seen it, trust me the movie dripped sudor from every pore like a hooker in church Words like sheen and glistening are too understated It waslike the actors showered, got dressed without drying off, walked through a mister and then wiped down with a moist towelette before everysinglescene Now, not everyone was complaining about the drenchiness since it was Matthew McConaughey, Sam it s the one that says Bad MF Jackson, Ashley Judd and Sandra Bullock doing the sweating, but stillhilarious and a bit distracting BOOK GRIPES Keep in mind that I liked the book, so my gripes below really point towards why I didn t rate the book higher than 3 stars.1 Too much fluff When you can take a 528 page book and condense it into a 2 hour movie that captures perfectly the essence of the story and manages to be evenemotionally powerful, it indicates that the novel was a little thin in the story department This is the case here While the expanded story and segues are interesting, the central plot contained too much unnecessariness that could ve been easily discarded without touching the heart of the storyas the filmmakers did 2 Excessive use of N word Given that the novel is set in 1984, I had a real problem with the significant use of the N word in the story No, South Park fans, I am not referring to naggerHad this been set in the 50 s or 60 s, I would have seen it as a product of the times and swallowed my uncomfortableness However, it just seems odd that as late as 1984, the word and the frame of mind that goes with it would be used so casually and regularly Given that Grisham is from the South and went to school in Mississippi, he may be spot on with his characterization, and he probably is If true, this is just very, very sad Still, its constant use grated on me and I thought the movie did a much better job with the dialogue This is coming from someone who does not normally favor filtering words through the PC processor 3 The Main Character Jake Brigance is not nearly as likeable in the book as he in the movie and I found it hard to engage with him Now I think we can all agree that Matt McConaughey is not exactly a high level thespian However, he did bring the right tone to this role and I found myself comparing the novel s version unfavorably 4 The Ending Again, I liked the movie version so, so, so much better While the main outcome is the same, I really liked the way the movie handled the climactic closing argument and was disappointed in the novels path to the verdict I also really enjoyed the last scene in the movie where Jake and his family go to a barbeque at Carl Lee s house where their two daughters can play I thought it was perfect Okay, so enough griping I thought the book was good I thought the movie was very good If you ve seen the movie, I don t think you are missing much by skipping the book However, if you haven t seen the film, I would recommend reading the book first and then watching the adaptation I think you will enjoy both.3.0 stars Recommended


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    A Time to Kill, John GrishamA Time to Kill is a 1988 legal thriller by John Grisham It was Grisham s first novel In the small town of Clanton, in fictional Ford County, Mississippi, a ten year old African American girl named Tonya Hailey is viciously raped and beaten by two white supremacists, James Pete Willard and Billy Ray Cobb Tonya is later found and rushed to the hospital while Pete and Billy Ray are heard bragging at a roadside bar about their crime Tonya s distraught and outraged f A Time to Kill, John GrishamA Time to Kill is a 1988 legal thriller by John Grisham It was Grisham s first novel In the small town of Clanton, in fictional Ford County, Mississippi, a ten year old African American girl named Tonya Hailey is viciously raped and beaten by two white supremacists, James Pete Willard and Billy Ray Cobb Tonya is later found and rushed to the hospital while Pete and Billy Ray are heard bragging at a roadside bar about their crime Tonya s distraught and outraged father, Carl Lee Hailey, consults his friend Jake Brigance, a white attorney who had previously represented Hailey s brother, on whether he could get himself acquitted if he killed the two men Jake tells Carl Lee not to do anything stupid, but admits that if it had been his daughter, he would kill the rapists Carl Lee is determined to avenge Tonya and, while Pete and Billy Ray are being led into holding after their bond hearing, he kills both men with an M16 rifle.Carl Lee is charged with capital murder Despite efforts to persuade Carl Lee to retain high powered attorneys, he elects to be represented by Jake Helping Jake are two loyal friends, disbarred attorney Lucien Wilbanks and sleazy divorce lawyer Harry Rex Vonner Later, the team is assisted by liberal law student Ellen Roark, who has prior experience with death penalty cases and offers her services as a temporary clerk pro bono Ellen appears to be interested in Jake romantically, but the married Jake resists her overtures The team also receives some illicit behind the scenes help from black county sheriff Ozzie Walls, a figure beloved by the black community and also well respected by the white community who upholds the law by arresting Carl Lee but, as the father of two daughters of his own, privately supports Carl Lee and gives him special treatment while in jail and goes out of the way to assist Jake in any way he legally can Carl Lee is prosecuted by Ford County s corrupt district attorney, Rufus Buckley, who hopes that the case will boost his political career It is claimed that the judge presiding over Carl Lee s trial, Omar Ichabod Noose, has been intimidated by local white supremacist elements This proves true when, despite having no history of racist inclinations in his rulings, Noose refuses Jake s perfectly reasonable request for a change of venue, even though the racial make up of Ford County virtually guarantees an all white jury 2001 1378 526 9646636145 20 1378 640 9644070178


  3. Tim Tim says:

    This 1988 first Grisham novel is outstanding 10 of 10 stars


  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    Original Mid 90s Star Only Review 5 StarsRe Read in 2020 Review 4 StarsYou will notice a drop in the stars above, but you can take that with a grain of salt It is still a great book that will pull you in and not let go If you are familiar with Grisham s work, this is where it all began, and I think some consider it mainly downhill from here Not necessarily a big downhill but it sure does seem in some aspects like he was at the top of his game for his first few novels He mentioned in hi Original Mid 90s Star Only Review 5 StarsRe Read in 2020 Review 4 StarsYou will notice a drop in the stars above, but you can take that with a grain of salt It is still a great book that will pull you in and not let go If you are familiar with Grisham s work, this is where it all began, and I think some consider it mainly downhill from here Not necessarily a big downhill but it sure does seem in some aspects like he was at the top of his game for his first few novels He mentioned in his forward that this one almost did not get published, but the success of The Firm helped generate interest, and I am very glad it did.This is not an easy book to read, but fiction based on hard truths never is There is very graphic and shocking sexual assault and racism So, while they add to a powerful story, some may find it difficult to read Knowing this, be sure to proceed with caution The reason for the slight downturn in stars for me is that it just didn t feel as smooth to me as I remembered Maybe I was looking at an old favorite through rose colored glassed before I re read The thought that kept going through my head, especially after reading the forward and seeing that it almost didn t get published, is that it felt like it was a bit rough with a lot of coincidences, drawn out scenes followed by rushed scenes, etc Nothing that was severe enough t ruin the experience, but enough that it was noticeable to me.If you are a Grisham fan, it is likely that you already read this If you are a Grisham fan and you haven t read this, I am actually not really sure you can call yourself a Grisham fan So, you should remedy that right away


  5. Fabian {Councillor} Fabian {Councillor} says:

    A Time to Kill is a riveting story of retribution and justice so does the title imply Replace riveting by frustrating and you know what I felt while reading this doorstopper of a book.Onthan 500 pages, John Grisham delves deep into the schemes and entanglements of a trial in the Southern USA The premise was so interesting that it was impossible not to pick this book up A ten year old girl is raped by two drunken men, and her father takes the law into his own hands by killing the r A Time to Kill is a riveting story of retribution and justice so does the title imply Replace riveting by frustrating and you know what I felt while reading this doorstopper of a book.Onthan 500 pages, John Grisham delves deep into the schemes and entanglements of a trial in the Southern USA The premise was so interesting that it was impossible not to pick this book up A ten year old girl is raped by two drunken men, and her father takes the law into his own hands by killing the rapists of his daughter The major problem in this case The girl and her father are black, and the two rapists are white If there is one thing Grisham manages to implement perfectly in his story, then it is the exploration of arguments about why the father should be sentenced to death or declared innocent as a result of the circumstances The reader always bears in his mind how the jury would be reacting in case the roles were reversed if two black men had raped a white girl of ten years , but the fact that acquitting the father of his crime would encourage many other people to commit self administered justice too also needs to be taken into account.Might this premise deliver storytelling material for so many pages Yes, it might Only it didn t Shortly after Gary Su Jake Brigance assumed his duty of defending his client, the novel drifted away into long winded, boring and insignificant rambling Many people claim this story to be very realistic for how the situation for black people in Mississippi during the 1980 s was like I have never lived there, so I have no idea how real it really was, but the way Jake Brigance acted and behaved definitely did not feel realistic to me Because who doesn t get royally dunk three days before an important trial Never before have I been that frustrated by a protagonist who behaved like an asshole towards his wife and just about everyone else he encountered, but was still portrayed like the absolute hero Throw an incapable prosecutor into the game to make Brigance s light shine even brighter, and you have the perfect Grisham version of Fleming s James Bond.And let s not even address the lack of emotions during the entire novel You might think that a ten year old girl being raped by two drunken men will leave you feeling sorry for her and her family, on the edge of shedding tears I have to disappoint you, because Grisham s writing deprives every single emotion from every potentially touching scene You never know how a character feels inside his soul, because Grisham only tells, only allows his reader to guess what his characters might feel at this very moment 1.5 stars, rounded up due to the interesting premise and the very relevant topic down due to me reconsidering the relevance of the rating system Goodreads suggests 1 star equaling didn t like it.Also, just to clarify things a bit I didn t dislike the story the plot was extremely interesting to me and had so much potential, must of which was explored vividly in a very tight and well structured novel I also really liked the film adaptation it may not be a masterpiece, but it s a very well adapted movie My main source of frustration is the writing, so in the end I guess I just can t get into John Grisham s writing style, even though I would appreciate the contents of his novels


  6. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    2.5 stars One of my least favorites of Grisham s books, and that s saying something Actually I kind of liked The Pelican Brief and one or two of his others, but mostly they strike me as mediocre writing combined,often than not, with pulpit pounding and breast beating about some particular legal issue In this case the setting is a murder trial for a African American man who gunned down his 10 year old daughter s rapists, who are stereotypical Southern white trash racists who tried to mur 2.5 stars One of my least favorites of Grisham s books, and that s saying something Actually I kind of liked The Pelican Brief and one or two of his others, but mostly they strike me as mediocre writing combined,often than not, with pulpit pounding and breast beating about some particular legal issue In this case the setting is a murder trial for a African American man who gunned down his 10 year old daughter s rapists, who are stereotypical Southern white trash racists who tried to murder this little girl and left her for dead The legal question is whether jury nullification is sometimes justified, since the father s defense lawyer, Jake Brigance having no other legal options is trying to convince the jury to find the father not guilty by reason of temporary insanity Grisham, as par for the course, loads the dice on that issue Biggest clue the KKK getting involved I ve only read as many of Grisham s books as I have because my father in law another voracious reader thought that because I was a lawyer I would automatically like Grisham s books, so I regularly received them from him as birthday and Christmas presents I never had the heart to tell him I d prefer another author My FIL is gone now, may he rest in peace, so noGrisham for me


  7. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Riveting, somber and powerful, A Time to Kill is a totally unforgettable legal thriller telling of secluded prejudice in a small Southern town, and one lawyer who wants to change the world.


  8. Karina Karina says:

    This is my first John Grisham book, I am embarrassed to admit I felt like I was in Clanton, Mississippi reliving this gruesome murder His writing and knowledge on the law system is pretty amazing to read Makes you realize all the politics and behind the door negotiations going on This is a story of two pothead white trash drug dealers that rape a 10 year old black girl They urinate on her, tie her legs and hands to a fence and tree, beat her, pour beer on her while she is calling for her da This is my first John Grisham book, I am embarrassed to admit I felt like I was in Clanton, Mississippi reliving this gruesome murder His writing and knowledge on the law system is pretty amazing to read Makes you realize all the politics and behind the door negotiations going on This is a story of two pothead white trash drug dealers that rape a 10 year old black girl They urinate on her, tie her legs and hands to a fence and tree, beat her, pour beer on her while she is calling for her daddy to save her This is not a spoiler.Now what happens when black daddy is pissed at the system and takes these two white guys into his own hands Will the color of his skin get him convicted in KKK town or will the jury understand that he was a loving angry father I personally rooted for Carl Lee Sometimes our system just fails us and we want to be the vigilante except Carl Lee actually had the balls to do it At eleven fifteen it rang again, and Jake received his first death threat, anonymous of course He was called a nigger loving son of a bitch, one who would not live if the nigger walked pg 85


  9. James Thane James Thane says:

    I confess that when one of my book clubs made this our monthly selection, I approached it withthan a little trepidation I knew that this was Grisham s first book and that when it was first published as a hardcover, he could hardly give it away Sales were so poor that there was initially no paperback release Only after the success of The Firm and other of Grisham s books was this one finally resurrected and released in paperback.Like most of Grisham s other readers, I jumped aboard the t I confess that when one of my book clubs made this our monthly selection, I approached it withthan a little trepidation I knew that this was Grisham s first book and that when it was first published as a hardcover, he could hardly give it away Sales were so poor that there was initially no paperback release Only after the success of The Firm and other of Grisham s books was this one finally resurrected and released in paperback.Like most of Grisham s other readers, I jumped aboard the train with The Firm and never looked back Though I ve enjoyed most of his later books, I simply took it for granted that this first effort was probably his practice novel, that it was not very good, and hence the poor sales I further assumed that his publisher, anxious to milk the Grisham brand for all it was worth, only finally published A Time to Kill in paper simply to cash in Accordingly, I ve avoided it all these years until I was finally forced to read it.I m very happy that I was The book turned out to be a gripping story with better defined characters and a muchinteresting setting than many of Grisham s later books In fact, it may be one of his best.The tiny town of Clanton, Mississippi, is shocked when two drunk and drug addled thugs viciously assault a ten year old girl, failing to kill her only because they could not find a bridge from which to throw the child The two are quickly arrested and charged with various crimes related to the attack, when the girl s father, a decorated Vietnam vet, takes the law into his own hands and kills the men who so gruesomely violated his daughter.The father hires a young, up and coming lawyer named Jake Brigance to represent him But this is Mississippi and the case is complicated by the fact that the victim and her father are black while the two dead thugs were white The population of the town is evenly divided between blacks and whites and, while most people irrespective of race, condemn the actions of the two thugs, they are divided, mostly along racial lines, over the issue of whether the father should be convicted of premeditated murder or be given a medal for ridding the town of the two scumbags.Grisham plays fair with both sides, and it s clear that he knows very well the setting, the people and the dynamics of the situation There are a number of great characters in this novel and very few of them are pure of heart These are muchcomplex characters than those usually served up in books like this, and the story grabs you from the start It also raises a lot of thought provoking questions It s a great read, and I m only sorry that it took me so long to get to it


  10. Brina Brina says:

    Read when it first came out I really ought to reread this prior to reading Syca Row I remember being captivated with the story of Jake Brigance but I details are sketchy at best at this time Seems like a summer reread is on the horizon.