The Last Juror
By John Grisham
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440246022, 496pp.)
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
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In 1970, Willie Traynor comes to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old finds himself the owner of Ford County’s only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America is in the grips of turmoil, Clanton lives on the edge of another age—until the brutal murder of a young mother rocks the town and thrusts Willie into the center of a storm.
Daring to report the true horrors of the crime, Willie makes as many friends as enemies in Clanton, and over the next decade he sometimes wonders how he got there in the first place. But he can never escape the crime that shattered his innocence or the criminal whose evil left an indelible stain. Because as the ghosts of the South’s past gather around Willie, as tension swirls around Clanton, men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by one—as a killer exacts the ultimate revenge.
John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
“One of his best: a thoughtful and atmospheric thriller.”—The New York Times
“Classic Grisham, full of excitement and colorful characters.”—The Denver Post
“Compulsively readable . . . heartfelt, wise, suspenseful and funny, one of the best Grishams ever.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Grisham deserves a winning verdict for [this] literary thriller.”—The Boston Globe