The Reckoning

The Reckoning

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#1 bestselling author John Grisham's The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.

"A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga... The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer . Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case."
-- USA Today

October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete's only statement about it--to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family--was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete's defense attorney tries desperately to save him.

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham's signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385544153
0385544154
Branch Call Number: GRISHAM
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 25 cm

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shoelessj
Dec 13, 2018

I have read every Grisham book. This one might be the last. Part one was interesting. Part two was a waste of time, except for the historical part, but had no bearing on the story other than reinforce what we already knew. and part three...........the "climax" was just pathetic. Are we sure John Grisham wrote this trash?

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KathiK
Dec 12, 2018

I usually love Grisham's books and can finish them in a weekend. This one however, wow..
I personally felt like I was reading two completely different books. The first one was about the family relationships, and the second on a WWII book. I almost gave up reading after the first 100 pages, but I continued on. I felt that the questions raised in the first part were answered in the last 50 pages.. Very strange book.

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mikeraffone
Dec 10, 2018

What a depressing read. I wish I had never read this book, it is such a buzz kill. Nothing redeeming about it. Grisham must have been in a very dark place to even write it. if sadness despair an melancholy is your cup a tea, go for it!

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LoveChild60
Dec 08, 2018

Initially, I wasn't sure about this novel, as I'd read other peoples comments. However, what one likes, another may not. It seems when a novel gets many negative comments, I read it anyway and generally enjoy it and give praise. The middle section had me in tears, but I enjoyed the whole book. Yea, some parts were drug out, and some were a bit boring, but, all in all, I liked it and gave it 5 stars. Happy Reading!

IndyPL_JillL Dec 06, 2018

What a miserable disappointment! The book felt so phoned in. By the end, I didn't even care. I love Grisham, but this one really let me down.

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jtcampbel47
Dec 01, 2018

Meh!!

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0007548100dmw
Nov 30, 2018

As most of the other readers, I have been a long time Grisham fan....This book, not so much. The first part and the last part of the book were very good. The middle of the book was tedious, sometimes boring and difficult to keep my mind from wandering.
General feeling: not one of his better books and I am disappointed.

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Reads_A_Lot
Nov 28, 2018

This was a long, slow read. It was written like a nonfiction book - detached and unemotional with short sentences that were more like a reporter listing of facts. Pete Banning’s crime and trial are over in the first 150 pages. He is not a likeable character and it’s hard to feel sorry for him. The next 100 some pages go back to his time in WWII. This is interesting if you’re a historical fiction fan but doesn’t have much to do with the main story. In fact after everything he went though to survive the war it seems senseless that he would come home and put himself in a death-penalty situation. The last part of the book focusing on his son was the better part of the book for me. It was a little easier to connect to him and his plight. Loved Grisham’s early books, but don’t seem to like his recent ones as much. Maybe I’ve outgrown him.
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sa124960
Nov 25, 2018

THE WAGES SIN PAYS IS DEATH. YOU MAY SAY I AM GOING TO DIE ANYWAY WHY NOT DO AS I PLEASE. THE QUESTION IS WE ARE NOT ALONE LEFT TO OUR OWN DESTINY. FREE WILL TO CHOOSE. GOD OR DEVIL? BOTH HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE( YO HAGO LO QUE ME APETECE COMMUNITY).

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matcat44
Nov 22, 2018

As as longtime reader of this author, I was very disappointed. It was depressing and at times, boring. I did a lot of scanning.

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