A Time to Kill - John Grisham

A Time to Kill

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2004-03-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,426 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The master of the legal thriller probes the savage depths of racial violence in this searing courtroom drama featuring the beloved Jake Brigance.

“John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

The life of a ten-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless white men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime—until the girl’s father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life—and then his own.

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  • Perfect title

    By STompkins66
    Excellent read!
  • None better

    By locopenhagen
    This book is the one that got me hooked on reading novels.
  • A time to kill

    By tinguaro1221
    Great novel, depicting the racism and injustices that black people have lived through.
  • Amazing

    By amboothe12
    I absolutely loved reading this book!!! I had read it back in high school, but never got to the end. Reading it again as an adult was so enjoyable! I would read it again and again and again! Absolutely top 5 favorite books!
  • A Time to Kill

    By Maby T
    Suspense all the way through. Surprise throughout the book.
  • Exciting

    By deenlos
    Another great story from Grisham. I was glued to the book until the very end. The suspense was intense.
  • Great read!

    By GF Texas
    Wow! What a story!
  • Awesome read

    By Gladys CPA
    Loved it
  • A Time To Kill

    By hanshh26
    A must read. Follow the stories till the end, it won’t disappoint. It’s definetely worth the time.
  • Great to read Grisham’s first

    By deanteam08
    I’m a late arrival to Grisham’s literature but so happy I’ve picked it up. Fun to go back to his very first book and it’s honestly a shock this didn’t have immediate success. For a legal thriller, it asks a simple question that leads to complex answers. Parts made my jaw drop and other parts made me laugh out loud. Great read!