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Author:  John Grisham
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0385510438
ISBN-13: 9780385510431
Sku: 33934580
Publish Date: 2/1/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  355
Age Range:  NA
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In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

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In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

About the Author:
JOHN GRISHAM is the author of seventeen novels. THE LAST JUROR is his first novel since A TIME TO KILL to be set in Ford County, Mississippi.

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In 1970, young Willie Traynor's recently purchased Mississippi newspaper gets a much-needed boost when he covers the murder trial of Danny Padgitt. Utterly remorseless, Padgitt swears vengeance against the jurors who declared him guilty. As Padgitt receives a life sentence, this should be an empty threat. In fact, he is paroled nine years later. And the jurors that convicted Padgitt begin to die....This is another spellbinding thriller from the bestselling master of suspense.The story begins with the demise of a small-town newspaper, the Ford County Times, in 1970. Willie Traynor, 23-year-old former cub reporter for the paper, takes it over with money from his grandmother. The paper it creaks along until success comes with its first big story--the rape and murder of a young widow by Danny Padgitt, member of a local bootlegging family. Convicted, given a life sentence, and still utterly remorseless, Padgitt swears vengeance against the jurors who declared him guilty. When he is paroled nine years later, jurors begin to die. John Grisham began work on THE LAST JUROR in the late '80s, wanting to write novels set in fictional Ford County, Mississippi, but he was interrupted by the success of THE FIRM. THE LAST JUROR breaks out of the mold of Grisham's usual legal thrillers into a story about the growth of Willie Traynor from a callow young man to an older and wiser one.
Author Bio
John Grisham
John Grisham woke up at 5:00 every morning for three years to complete his first novel, A TIME TO KILL. Working as a lawyer and a member of Mississippi's state legislature, Grisham published his debut thriller with a small and somewhat unknown publisher, receiving only local readership in his home state. He finally burst on to the national scene with his second novel, THE FIRM, a legal thriller that sold millions of copies and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for 47 weeks. Shortly afterward, Grisham moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he began working on a series of new legal thrillers, including THE PELICAN BRIEF and THE CLIENT, all of which became bestsellers and were subsequently made into successful films. Having graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a law degree in 1981, Grisham went on to base his popular thrillers on his experience as a specialist in criminal defense. His once-unknown debut, A TIME TO KILL, was made into a major motion picture in 1996.

Praise

New York Times
"[This book has] the crispness, streamlined energy and self-deprecating charm that Mr. Grisham brings to his best efforts....THE LAST JUROR does not need to coast on its author's megapopularity. It's a reminder of how the Grisham juggernaut began." - Janet Maslin 02/02/2004

Publishers Weekly
"The novel is heartfelt, wise, suspenseful and funny, one of the best Grishams ever." 02/02/2004

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0355
Product attributePublisher:   Doubleday Books
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