Textured with themes of murder, retribution, and the "old ways of the South," The Last Juror tells the story of Willie Tranor who, at the young age of 23, finds himself the publisher and editor of a local newspaper in Ford County, Mississippi.
One of his first assignments is to cover the trial of Danny Padgitt, the son of a local crime family, who swears vengeance on the 12 jurors after they find him guilty of the brutal rape and murder of a young woman.
The novel follows the investigation of the mysterious deaths of these jurors and crescendos around the protagonist's friendship with and desire to protect Calia Ruffin, an elderly black woman and the last living juror from the Padgitt murder trial.
While I generally find all John Grisham novels to be enjoyable, The Last Juror possesses more literary value than do most of his novels, perhaps second only to the highly-acclaimed A Time to Kill. This is a fun read, perfect for vacation reading.