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A Time for Mercy - John Grisham

A Time for Mercy

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2020-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 6,572 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful."

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

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  • Great read

    By Dan Daily
    Like this one a lot. Had to get into it but once I did it was great.
  • Expected More from John

    By Gobimon
    The story was development was very slow and sometimes burdensome read. I do appreciate the charter development but little payoff for the reader. Still a fan.
  • The ending…..ummmm?!?!?

    By Madmich17
    I loved this book and then it just ENDED!!!! Seriously John?? WTH!! I’m bummed! Of course I’ll read more but it was a major let down for sure! That’s the reason it’s 3 ⭐️ instead of 5!
  • Great legal intricacies! Love it!

    By jfj38
    Never a question about the story details with the great writing skills of Grisham
  • Not worth the time

    By Joeprewitt
    Too much idle detail that did not advance the story or illuminate the characters. There was also no resolution to any of the storylines. Very disappointed.
  • A Time for Mercy

    By Prissynan
    A sad story about abuse and rape of a 14-year old girl plus the trial of her 16 yr old brother for murder of the horrible monster (policeman) who I would have found deserving of death.
  • A Time for Mercy

    By like his books
    Another book impossible to put down. A typical John Grisham book absolutely. Can’t wait to start the next one. I have read every one of his books. If you like reading his are the ones to read.
  • good read

    By amysnookey
    good read
  • DO NOT READ THIS BOOKGreat book until terrible ending

    By Morse1953
    This well written character portrait has all the Grisham excellence. Until it simply doesn’t end. The story just abruptly stops. No conclusion, not even a saved by the Gods! Just if they forgot the final chapter. I am Grisham fan, have loved all his books. I wish I never started this book. If you are a Grisham fan, you will feel as if you got a gut punch in the end. The book is so excellent, instructive, sensitive, multiple plot lines, and then? NOTHING. This book is writer malpractice, if will tear your heart out in a nasty way.
  • Hard to believe Grisham wrote this

    By Bunny+Bunny=koot.
    The narrative repeats itself ad nauseam as if the publisher only cared about word count. The name Carl Lee Bailey is used so many times one could easily forget who the actual defendant in this story is. Tedious and only marginally entertaining.