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`Download Epub ⚹ A Time to Kill ⚻ 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 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. 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 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 This 1988 first Grisham novel is outstanding 10 of 10 stars