The Last Juror

The Last Juror by Michael Beck,John Grisham

ISBN10: 073669739X
ISBN13: 978-0736697392
Author: Michael Beck,John Grisham
Book title: The Last Juror
Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (2004)
Language: English
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Size PDF: 1578 kb
Size ePub: 1572 kb
Size Fb2: 1450 kb
Rating: 4.7/5
Votes: 410

The Last Juror by Michael Beck,John Grisham



The Last Juror audio cassette series

Reviews

Gozragore
Truth be told....I am a huge Grisham fan and can never wait for his next book to come out. I seem to read his books in about half the time it takes to read other authors.
His style of writing is just easy to follow and the pace is the same way.
"The Last Juror" does not disappoint! It starts from a slightly different point of view for him but it immediately gets you involved in the storyline. You want to know what is coming and how you will be getting there. The novel gives you the feeling that you are actually there "on site" with the characters and living the days as they see them too.
Great story teller and this story is well worth telling and reading. I encourage those who like fiction to pick this one up- it will be hard to put down.
DC III

Kaim
Best Grisham book I've read in a while, but still lacks the bite of the first one or two. The main character, a journalist, is quite developed as a character - at least for this form of literature - but most of the others are caricatures. Pity, because the story was interesting and could have been better told by understanding more of the victim and of the accused - but all we learned was bits and pieces of the lives of not-at-all-involved onlookers and jurors. Even the accused's family, whom our journalist narrator blamed for all the ill doings, hardly made an appearance. Still, it was better than last time. When is the real John Grisham going to show up?

Angana
You usually know what you are getting with John Grisham. I found this one to be the same - very original with a twist I was not expecting at the end. This is the first Grisham book that I finished and thought - they should make it into a movie. The only reason a movie would not work is the element of time (the story actually takes place over many years) and I think all of the locations would make for an expensive filming budget.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy Grisham or if you are looking for something entertaining to read.

Zyangup
I've read many of his books. This was the first that I couldn't put down. His description of Clanton, Mississippi was perfect...it pulled me in until I felt I was standing in the town square, saying good morning to the people, smelling the cafes, hearing the mosquitoes buzzing, feeling the heat and humidity. His characters are true-to-life, and as I read, I could hear their voices and their Mississippi accents. The story is interesting, to the point that I wanted to be one of the jurors, that I wanted to read that newspaper and wanted to go to Miss Calie's house for Thursday lunch. I'm about to read it again, this time a little slower, since I was in a hurry to find out how it all ended. I hope this is made into a movie with the right people cast in each role, but the movie won't be as good as this outstanding novel.

Authis
In The Last Juror, Grisham provides us with a decade long slice of life in Clanton Mississippi. Told through a narrative of the new owner of "the Times," Clanton's weekly newspaper, we are introduced to the town Clanton and Ford County.

Through endearing new characters, Grisham gives us another dramatic story unfolding in the stew of racial prejudices, economic disparity, and corruption. The local folks are trying to live out otherwise simple lives while clinging to their patriotism and their individual and collective faith in God. But, the folks in Clanton keep buzzing with opinions and concern as their little community is influenced by ever evolving events and citizens.

Though Grisham's skilled story telling, we get to know the citizens of this southern community and the colorful characters who will later interact with young lawyer Jake Brigance. Its folksy, its drmagic, and its enjoyable. We find new people to like and some to not like. Despite all its flaws, we root for Clanton and hope it survives itself. And, looking through the lens of that small community, Grisham allows us to examine our own thoughts on many subjects which permeate America. But, the introspection invited is far less demanding than what erupts in A Time to Kill.

The Last Juror is further enjoyable proof that Grisham can write American life and when doing so, we feel subtle connections to another great American author: Mark Twain.

Shem
I have always enjoyed how John Grisham could tell a story. Before the end of the book you felt like you knew the characters personally. The Last Juror certainly felt like that. He placed you so firmly in the mix that you felt like you grew up in Ford County and saw these people on a regular basis. Great read!

Fearlessrunner
When a young liberal outsider buys a local, small-town southern newspaper, it's intriguing. Add in murder; a corrupt, overly rich, fearsome family; remnants of racism; and a wide-ranging cast of characters; and it goes far beyond intrigue! It become one gripping story from start to finish. This is a deftly spun suspense/thriller, crafted by an extremely skilled writer. A definite must-read!

John Grisham is at the top of his game. I just sit and wait for him to write his next novel.
In this one, you get to follow the storyline of Willie Traynor, newspaper editor, from his unfortunate beginnings to his final great success. The legal twists and turns we find him encounter along the way are mesmerizing. (I have two lawyers in my family.) I love the way Grisham likes to throw in his real feelings about the law as it's too often practiced, as with David Zinc, an attorney who's just had enough, in The Litigators. And finally, Grisham's being from Mississippi allows him to include in the novel his knowledge of the plight of the African-American people, as in my favorite, A Time To Kill. In fact, I think these three points that we see in so many of his novels, are what draws me to him. But in all of Grisham's novels, it's the constant suspense, the "watch the sun come up" mark of a superior story-teller. (I always read in bed.) There have been only two or three authors in my adult lifetime who have affected me this way. Jeanette


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