The Reckoning by John Grisham
#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
Pete Banning was the beloved son of Clanton, Mississippi—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a devout member of the Methodist church. However, on a cool October morning, he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete’s sole statement regarding the incident—to the sheriff, his lawyers, the judge, the jury, and his family—was: ‘I have nothing to say.’ Unafraid of death, he was determined to take his motive to the grave.
In an extraordinary novel unlike any of his previous works, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, spanning from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II. We venture from a secretive insane asylum to the Clanton courtroom, where Pete’s defense attorney desperately endeavors to save him.
Reminiscent of the finest Southern Gothic storytelling tradition, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s trademark layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page
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