A Time for Mercy

A Time for Mercy

eBook - 2020
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Jake Brigance, the protagonist of A Time to Kill, John Grisham's classic legal thriller is back. This time he's at the epicenter of a sensational murder trial that bitterly divides the citizens of Clanton, Mississippi. A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. It established Jake as a classic American hero'a lawyer who seeks truth and justice at all costs, even when his life and reputation are on the line. Brigance returned in 2013's Sycamore Row, in which he once again found himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial. Now, in A Time for Mercy, Jake is the court-appointed lawyer for Drew Gamble, a young man accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance sees it another way. Once he learns the details of the case, he realizes he has to do everything he can to save Drew'who is sixteen. Jake's commitment to the truth puts his career and the safety of his family at risk. Filled with all the courtroom machinations, small-town intrigues, and plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy emphatically confirms John Grisham's reputation as America's favorite storyteller. There is a time to kill, a time for justice, and A TIME FOR MERCY.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2020
ISBN: 9780385545976
0385545975
Branch Call Number: eBook
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Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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Cidherman
May 09, 2021

A TIME FOR MERCY is the third book in the series that began with John Grisham's wonderful A TIME TO KILL. I enjoyed this third series about lawyer Jake (played by Matjew McConoghey in the movie version of A TIME TO KILL, as he takes on a new case for a 16 year old accused of capital murder. All the same characters appear and the tension makes this a real page turner.

I am dinging it one star because the two cases that Jake is working on are never cleanly or firmly resolved in this book. The ending was sudden and took me by surprise.

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auroralibrary1
Apr 20, 2021

I loved it!!. Can't wait for the sequel!

JCLCherylMY Apr 13, 2021

A story of how the tragic events of domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and murder affects a family, a police force, and a town. Grisham did a good job of weaving all the story lines together but I agree with the criticism that the middle dragged and if cut would have made a tenser story throughout.

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CairoL51
Mar 27, 2021

I seemed to have enjoyed this story more than some other reviewers. I enjoy the background on characters and following the repeat characters that we know from previous books. Listened to this one on playaway and enjoyed the narrator's voice. That makes a big difference for me when I am listening to books. This one does not have a neat "tie everything up in a bow" ending. Don't think I am ruining things since many other reviewers mention this as well. I didn't mind this because life is rarely neat and tidy.

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21221018293347
Mar 24, 2021

Better than some of his other recent books, which have been really awful. Starts out well; bogs down in the middle with too much extraneous storyline. The court room drama towards the end is good, but then a disappointing conclusion, or a conclusion in anticipation of another story. If there is another story, Grisham should take his time and editing to create a sequel to what was his first dynamic book in "A time to kill". Otherwise, it is will a "time to retire". Note too, the use of cell phones in the 1990's?

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Vincent2017
Mar 15, 2021

Would give this book 3 stars. Was a great book until the ending.

cfitzer1 Mar 09, 2021

recommended by Ethyll

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kalupusa9
Feb 15, 2021

This is his worst book, totally disappointed, way too long with a meaningless ending

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Ljparker5807
Feb 12, 2021

What a disappointment and frankly a waste of time. At the end of the book, Grisham states he was lazy in the writing and editing of this book and boy does that show. This book was way too long and some of the resolutions are just too hard to believe. There is talk of a movie and if a movie is made, they will need to seriously rewrite the script. Grisham is becoming like many of these prolific writers of best sellers and is just putting in minimal effort. There is nothing to gain by reading this novel.

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catspaws
Jan 23, 2021

I agree with a lot of these comments...slogged through this very long book just to be very disappointed by the ending...if he left the door open for a sequel, I'll skip it.
I have been a reader of many of his books and liked the earlier ones a lot better.

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