The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Book - 2018
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Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son, a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder weren't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it, to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family, was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave. In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.
Publisher: New York, New York : Doubleday, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780385544153
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,25 cm.

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audreycreelman
Jan 15, 2019

This was one of his best books I have read and I am sure I have not missed one.There was a twist to the ending loved it

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STANLEY MCKIE
Jan 14, 2019

This is a sad and depressing story.

The middle third of the book is a history lesson on the human experience during the Bataan Death March.

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slarsen
Jan 11, 2019

I really don't understand the bad reviews (below). I think this is a really good read. I think the war was a bit long, but I enjoyed the story.

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Butterfly121761
Jan 07, 2019

Had to sit on this review for a few days. Part 1 I thought it was going to be a 5 star rating and then Part 2 I couldn't understand some of the comments until halfway through Part 2 and I started to understand. Then it seemed to pick up a bit and then I found it disappointing.

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PJD
Jan 05, 2019

I don't understand all the naysaying about this book. I admit it's been years since I've read a John Grisham but I felt that this book was very provoking, although towards the middle I thought that it was being dragged out too long. And that's because the ending was so unexpected and startling. I'd recommend it.

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gofleming
Jan 04, 2019

worst Grisham book ever.
total waste of time.
Would offer a full review but for two things
this book doesn't deserve the effort, and to explain fully why the book sucks would take a spoiler.
the 1st third is pretty good, the 2nd third is completely pointless and should have been it's own book, and the 3rd part of the book he mailed it in and ended with a stupid plot resolution.

juts garbage. gave it one star only for the opening third of the book.

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billblair
Dec 31, 2018

I've read all of Grisham's book and this is the worst. It's an author experimenting with a new technique. Plot is poorly developed, if there is one. If this was your first Grisham, you would not read another. The best I could give it would be 3/10.

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eljefe88
Dec 28, 2018

Author should have retired from writing about seven books ago!

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drjoanv
Dec 27, 2018

ASOLUTELY HORRIBLE...what a waste of a good tree to publish something this inane and pointless. I have probably read every John Grisham book published and have enjoyed most. If I were Grisham, I would be ashamed to put associate my name with this book. Did he really write this??

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aurora11
Dec 27, 2018

Very disappointing read. Beginning was attention grabbing as usual, skimmed over the middle regarding WW11, ending was anti climatic after an interesting legal battle.

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Dec 01, 2018

sa124960 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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