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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 5,525 Ratings


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.


  • 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.
  • A Time For Mercy

    By Suzaletty
    This book is another book that follows Jake Brigance. First time we saw him was in" A Time to Kill.” I found myself enjoying this book. I felt that I was fully into the plot and the characters. It ended on a high-note, but I felt that the ending was possibly a lead-in to another book. I like John Grisham’ novels. I highly recommend this book.
  • A Question To Ponder

    By pockie
    A very interesting question sets the tone very nicely
  • No hum

    By Doc HIF
    Was a great read until it petered out at the end. Like the author did not know how to wrap the whole thing up. It just sort of faded away with no surprises. I was hoping for more
  • Great book

    By markteach
    One of the best books I’ve read this year! Must read. Mark
  • Good book

    By SPDLupi
    The book kept me interested until the end. The ending was anticipated. I judge a book is good when after done reading, I wonder what happened next to the characters. I wonder happening to these characters.
  • Absolutely a great read.

    By edowe02
    A fantastic read. Many of Grisham’s books are great and keep you on edge throughout. This did no disappoint. Anxiously awaiting the next publishing.
  • Mercy Denied

    By Magick666
    Not Grisham's best. Started hot, but died in a pool of slow courtroom procedure. Actual court was riveting but was way at the end and needs a sequel to complete the story arc.
  • A great read.

    By Rhinosandy III
    Always a great story teller.
  • Time for mercy

    By Jasperjetson
    Grisham is a great wordsmith and story teller but the ending was a dud. Wrap it up. Left me flat.