Author: John Grisham
Series: Jake Brigance #1
Release Date: Currently out
Reviewer: Shannon Pacsuta
Stars (Os): OOOOO (5 O’s)
Wow what a story! I knew going into this book that it would be an interesting courtroom drama. I mean, it’s John Grisham. What I didn’t know was that I would be sucked in right at the very beginning.
From the very first page, I wanted to know what was going to happen next…no I NEEDED to know. So many questions starting running through my mind and I had to have the answers. How could this happen to a little girl? Will justice be served? What would I do in this situation? Does the color of someone’s skin really change how you view his or her actions?
I needed a change of pace from my other “typical” reads, and I got more than I bargained for. This is a great read and one that I will highly recommend to anyone.
Book Description from Amazon:
The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For 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 life–and then his own.
Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.
One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.
That might have put an end to Grisham’s hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing’s greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.
The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham’s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.
Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.
Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jury
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/721.John_Grisham
☆Throwback Thursday Book Review ☆
Book: Devil’s Game (Reapers MC #3)
Author: Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC
Release Date: Currently out
Genre: New Adult/Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Stars (Os): OOOO (4 O’s)
This is the third book in the Reapers MC series and it is the story of Liam “Hunter” Blake and Emmy Hayes.
Hunter is a Devil’s Jack, a rival motorcycle club and sworn enemy of the Reapers. Em is the daughter of Picnic, who just happens to be the president of the Reapers. Picnic has always pictured his beloved daughter falling in the steps of her late mother and becoming an “old lady” to a fellow Reaper. But you know what they say? The heart wants what the heart wants. And Hunter and Em want each other. But at what cost?
I love that Em is a feisty, young woman who has grown up in the MC world and knows exactly what it means to be with someone in that type of lifestyle. She is quick witted and stands her ground…even up against a big, bad biker [and yes, that reference is not just for her father].
I love that Hunter is willing to fight for Em, even if his club only wants him to use her as a peace token. There were moments where I was shaking my head in disbelief [ugh men] and others where I was sighing and fanning myself. I mean let’s face it, he’s HOT!
Joanna Wylde has given us a modern day, dark, MC version of Romeo and Juliet. I really enjoyed this read and can’t wait to see where Ms. Wylde takes this series.