3:48 PM 3 SEPTEMBER 2016
I am generally a fan of John Grisham, whose books can be relied upon to be well paced, and tap-in to a common curiosity about courtroom dramas. Grisham also seems to often offer a critique of the US legal system, which makes for interesting observations, albeit woven into storylines that frequently hinge on broad social themes, about which he also provides compelling commentary. In this instance the fault-lines between black and white Americans in the southern US forms the backdrop. It is also worth reflecting on the fact that this was Grisham’s first novel. By his own admission there are elements of autobiography here and it is possible to discern a certain rawness to his talent that perhaps becomes polished in the following 20+ books. In “A Time to Kill” though, there is a simmering exploration of justice weighed against an understandable and perhaps instinctive desire for revenge, which is ultimately tested before a jury of fellow citizens. By the end I’m sure most of us know which way we’d vote.
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Many thanks. Enjoy!
I’ve had these books in my bookcase for 2 years. Bought by my son, and I’ve never looked at them.…
I have never read a crime novel, but your description has piqued my interest on this.
Well worth reading, from an exceptional writer .
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I’ve been disappointed in some of his most recent books. ‘The Rooster Bar’ and ‘Camino Island’ both seemed very ‘problems-white-middle-class-Americans-have that we should feel sympathetic about.
My favourite books of his are ‘Playing For Pizza’ and ‘The Painted House’.
I agree about ‘The Rooster Bar’. ‘A Painted House’ is my absolute favourite, which is curious as Grisham’s undoubtedly made his name with courtroom drama. ‘Playing for Pizza’ was another departure. Less formula’d perhaps?
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