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Author John Grisham
Publisher Dell
Genre Mystery
yearreleased 2004

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.

 

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Reviewed by Dr. Greg
February 22, 2010
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I picked up a copy of The Last Juror, along with several other novels, at an English language bookstore in Bangkok before flying down to Koi Samui last August.

This is probably one of Grisham's better novels for literary value and no less fun to read than, for example, the Pelican Brief or Runaway Jury.

Highly recommended for fun reading during your vacation.

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Good Points A real page-turner, very well-written, and full of surprises. A great summer vacation read.
Bad Points One criticism that I have of most John Grisham novels, with the notable exception of A Time To Kill, is that all of his protagonists come across as larger than life. How many 23-year old young men own local newspapers and find themselves fighting corruption and systemic prejudice?

Once you get past the incredulousness of his characters' heroics, good fortune, and precocious wisdom, his stories are fun to read.
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