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The reckoning : a novel

by Grisham, John,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Brentwood Library Paperback Fiction FICTION Grisham
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Adult Fiction GRI
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Northland Public Library Paperbacks P/FIC GRISHAM
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Summary
#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.

Praise for The Reckoning

"The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern family saga. . . . [Grisham] does so much more this time around." --Akron Beacon Journal

"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 Reckoning --an 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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Shortly after WWII, a decorated veteran, a genuine war hero, calmly and with malice aforethought murders a Methodist preacher. He makes no effort to conceal the crime, and, even after he's arrested and charged with homicide, he refuses to give anyone, even his lawyer, an explanation. His family is distraught; the murdered man's family is grief-stricken. What makes Grisham's latest something more than a typical legal thriller is its structure. The tale begins with the crime itself, then takes us back in time to 20 years before the murder, portraying the events that led up to it. Finally, the narrative jumps forward again, to the aftermath of the trial. If Grisham had elected to tell this story in a linear fashion, it would have been a good, if unremarkable, thriller. But spooled out in this deliberately disjointed fashion, it becomes a fascinating literary jigsaw puzzle, with pieces of the story from the book's multiple sections finally clicking into place in the end. This is Grisham experimenting with the traditional legal-thriller format, and his experiment yields thoroughly engaging results. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Grisham brand shows no signs of losing its power to draw readers, giving him the leverage to play with the thriller format, as he does successfully here.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Asylums -- Fiction.
Clergy -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Segregation -- Southern States -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Philippines -- Fiction.
Mississippi -- Fiction.
Southern States -- Race relations -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Legal fiction (Literature)
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition Dell mass market edition.
Language English
Description 582 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 9780525620938
0525620931
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