A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 3 in the Jake Brigance series.
In my opinion, John Grisham has been on a bit of a winning streak lately. Starting with The Reckoning a few years ago Grisham’s books have seemed like a return to form with deeper, more powerful events and themes harkening back to A Time to Kill. In this book Jake Brigance is once again faced with an unanswerable moral dilemma, is homicide ever justifiable, and can a child ever deserve to be treated as an adult? I have a feeling this book was partly inspired by the recent Supreme Court rulings about life sentences for minors, and though Grisham’s entire Brigance series is probably his most easily attacked for playing into the “white savior” trope I think the discussion A Time for Mercy prompts about underage people who commit serious crimes well outweighs the negatives. – SamArdent April Staff Picks
Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful."
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.
About the Author
JOHN GRISHAM is the author of thirty-five novels, one work of non-fiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers.
"Grisham has returned to the place closest to his heart... The trial is riveting...it's striking how suspenseful the story is...how much we're gripped by the small details."–Sarah Lyall, The New York Times
“Textbook Grisham—and that’s a compliment…a briskly paced legal drama, with just the right amount of suspense, conflict, plot twists, and courtroom theatrics.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch