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Earlier than The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting tale of retribution and justice -- ultimately it's to be had in a Doubleday hardcover variation. during this searing courtroom drama, best-selling writer John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling story of doubtful justice in a small southern town...Clanton, Mississippi.
The lifetime of a ten-year-old lady is shattered by means of two drunken and remorseless younger guy. The mostly white city reacts with surprise and horror on the inhuman crime. until eventually her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his personal outraged hands.
For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper hearth unfold via the streets of Clanton, the kingdom sits spellbound as young safety lawyer Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own...
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Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The ﬁrst number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi can woman who sounds to be about eighty. She’s never heard of Dana Moreland. Jay leaves a note on Eddie Mae’s desk: they’ve got to ﬁnd the witness. He gets home late, after eight o’clock. Bernie is already in bed, snoring. She left a plate for him on the stove.
Charlie passes on a cross-exam. For his direct, he walks a sta pled stack of papers to the judge’s bench: the cop’s afﬁdavit and the original police report. The judge reads the pages in silence while they all wait. The court reporter checks a chipped nail. The bailiff looks at his watch. Out in the hallway, they can hear rubber soles squeaking on the linoleum and one side of an argu ment about who has the best catﬁsh plate, Delﬁna’s on Main or Guido’s. Finally, Judge Hicks looks up, looks right at Jay.
By now, he’s onto the hustle. “If I could just get a little money,” the guy starts. “I’ll pay you back, I swear. ” Jay stands and shows him to the door. The hooker is the only bright spot on the horizon. He tries a couple of phone numbers Ms. Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The ﬁrst number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi can woman who sounds to be about eighty.