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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  52,566 ratings  ·  1,313 reviews
In 1970, one of Mississippi s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported al ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Delta (first published 2004)
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One of Grisham's best I'd say. The author capitalized on what he does best, that's the legal part, then added a lot of heart to it. It combines the thrill and drama of the scenes in the courtroom with the heart and soul and lives of its many colorful characters.

The story spans a decade, the 70's, a period of transformation and awakening, especially in the deep south. It talks about taking risks, commitment, growing up. It demonstrates the power of the written word. It relates how true friendship
This was my second Grisham novel, but I was disappointed. The storyline was fine, I enjoyed the character of Willie, who saves the local newspaper in Mississippi in the 1970's, then begins to cover a sensational case of the brutal rape and murder of a young single mum. I ended up reading to finish, I just was not as invested as I would have hoped to have been. I enjoyed the family of Callie, and the dynamics between her and the young and inexperienced journalist/editor Willie. Their relationship ...more
Everyone has an opinion on Grisham, and if you don't like him, feel free to skip my review! I read a ton of his books when I was travelling regularly for work (I'd pick one up in the airport book store and leave it when I landed on the other side), but haven't read one in a while. It was good to come back to him with this one! Yes, it was about a trial, and yes, it was in the South, but this time the narrator is the local newspaper's editor/owner. Definitely a different tack, and one I enjoyed. ...more
This is the first Grisham book I've ever read, and it is really not a court drama, despite the implications of the title. In 1970, 23-year-old Willie Traynor moves to the small city of Clanton, Mississippi, and buys the local newspaper, which has recently gone bankrupt. Soon after this, a local woman is raped and murdered by Danny Padgitt, son of the "redneck mafia" that is the Padgitt family. The story vaguely meanders around the trial and subsequent fallout over the next several years, but mos ...more
رواية ممتعة ، تشدك بتفاصيلها الجميلة ..

قرية صغيرة تحدث فيها جريمة مفزعة ، يحاول البطل يكشف غموض القضية ويحاول يعرف من المجرم ..

أعجبني فيها كفاح البطل ، شلون كون مستقبله الوظيفي من الصفر ..

حماسة الشباب اللي عنده وروح المغامرة ..
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I think this was the most overrated - over written- over plotted of any Grisham I have ever read. To be fair, I didn't read it in a book. I listened to it on tape. I liked Willie Traynor, the protagonist and Narrator, who bought a small town weekly newspaper and became a 23 year old celebrity in the town. There was a murder, of course - a vionent murder. Danny Padgit, the murderer was not sentenced to death. So far so good - but the title is "The Last Juror" We expect that the jurors will die on ...more

This may be my favorite Grisham novel of all!

The law provides a layer to the story -- as to criminal sentencing, parole, business transactions, elections, divorce, probate -- but I was surprised it was not the key framework.

Instead, this is the tale of a dying weekly newspaper and the brash young Northern-educated Memphis journalist who buys it, turns it around, and during the process sinks roots into the ti
Armin Hennig
Fand die als Tiefstpunkt bewertete Bruderschaft ganz witzig und auch den ungnädig aufgenommenen Richter nicht soo schlecht. Und da mich die Ausgangsbasis des Romans interessierte, griff ich zu. War ein glatter Griff ins Klo, absolute Gutmenschenkacke mit katastrophalen Charakterbeschreibungen. Hatte nicht unbedingt Nervenkitzel bis zur letzten Seite erwartet, aber die Liste hat das Niveau einer Schülerarbeit. Allerdings atmet das Werk eines Anfängers wenigstens ein gewisses Maß an Enthusiasmus u ...more
This was the first John Grisham book that I ever read. A friend recommended Sycamore Row and sent me an e-book to read. E-books are not my favorite format. I prefer paper. But I liked what I managed to read of the book. Here was an author who knew how to keep the reader's interest.

My interest was piqued and I tried to look for the book in my library. I failed to find it, but I wanted to read something else by John Grisham and picked up The Last Juror.

As it turned out, the plot of the novel was i
One of my favorite books!

I was very impressed. The first notable thing about this story is that while there is some courtroom time, it is NOT about a court case or a lawyer, etc, like many of Grisham's books. Grisham is a fine writer, but in this story about a small southern town and it's very young, very green newspaper editor/writer, he outdid himself. I'll warn that it doesn't have quite as much "excitement" and "suspense" as you occasionally find in his courtroom thrillers. It's more laidbac
This book was badly named. The name, plus the blurb that talked about the retribution starting when the murderer is released, gave me to understand that only one juror was left alive, and predisposed me to think that the book was about the hunting down of that last juror. Wrong. Once I forgot those expectations I enjoyed the book, but I did find the beginning slow as I was waiting for the action, and the killing to begin.

This story is about Traynor (23) who gets a job on a small newspaper way do
Dec 12, 2008 Matthew rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Matthew by: Mother
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John Grisham- The Last Juror (Dell Publishing 2004) 3.5 Stars

Willie Traynor, a 23-year-old man with dreams and ambitions, moves to Clanton, Mississippi in 1970. He has just bought the town’s newspaper and wishes to make something of himself. A brutal rape and murder shake the town to its foundations. The guilty man just happens to be part of a rich and troublesome family who live apart from the rest of the town, stuck out on an island. Willie Traynor attends the trial and records everything, de
Sarah ( Paris )
في العام 1970 وصل الشاب الشمالي ويلي
إلى كلانتون في ولاية المسيسيبي .
مع كثير من الطموحات ..
وخلال عام يجد نفسه مالكا للصحيفة الرئيسية في مقاطعة فورد .
وفي وقت تمر فيه البلاد بكثير من التحديات كحرب فييتنام ومطالبة المواطنين الأمريكيين من اصل افريقي بحقوقهم..
يبدأ بتغييرات جذرية في الصحيفة مستهلا بتحقيقات مختلفة مما أثار غضب البعض ..

وفي ذلك الوقت تفاجأالبلدة بوقوع جريمة قتل بشعة راحت ضحيتها أم شابة .
ليجد ويلي نفسه في منتصف عاصفة هوجاء..

وبدأ بنشر تحقيقات جريئة تمس عائلة نافذة في المنطقة ..
مما يكسبه أص
Another great “Read” by both author and narrator From beginning to end both the author and the narrator kept me entertained. Set in a small Mississippi town, Grisham is obviously in his element. His vivid portrayal of people and places put you there in the midst of the action. Enjoying lunch with Mrs. Callie Ruffin or laughing till your side aches at the antics of the boys from the card game under seize. As always Grisham gives us a hard look at the corrupt and the inspiring living side by side. ...more
Christine Blachford
A rookie kid somehow finds himself in charge of a local county newspaper and brings it back from the brink of closure. Then, he finds himself reporting on a murder and the subsequent revenge.

The triller side of this book is only half of it, with a lot of other issues going on – a stranger trying to be accepted, the integration of the black half of town with the white half, families forced apart, and how to make a business successful. There’s very little romance involved, which always makes me ha
Radha Shrestha
It's the kind of book, i love to read. Thriller, suspense, bounding of family, struggle to approach the wisdom...this book have everything needed :)
The Coffee Bean

Longstory short:
Did I like the story? Yes.
Did it miss a lot of opportunities? Yes.
But is it worth the read? Yes.
Would you read it again? Got better things to do.
Would I recommend it? Probably.

OKAY, now the spoilers.

Is nobody going to talk about Ginger? The she was written off just like that?

I have so many things to say about this book but I don't have the time and I'm really hungry so I'm gonna make this short.

The book was... okay. I mean, I adored Miss Callie and the Ruffin Famil
Vor dem Hintergrund der Geschichte um einen Vergewaltiger und Mörder erzählt Grisham die Geschichte eines jungen Mannes (Willie Traynor) der die vorm Ende stehende lokale Zeitung übernimmt und zu einem ungeahnten Erfolg führt. Dabei kommt ihm – so zynisch das auch klingen mag – die Tatsache zugute, dass eine junge Mutter vor den Augen ihrer Kinder vergewaltigt und ermordet wird. Verantwortlich dafür ist Danny Padgitt, dessen Familie das gesamte County mit ihren kriminellen Machenschaften beherrs ...more
Yvann S
So much better than The King of Torts. This is written by a young regional newspaper editor, an outsider in a small country community – so much of the subject matter is social observation, alongside the usual riveting legal case. We touch on segregation and de-segregation, mob families, huge families, the role of an editor in a small town, insanity, the Vietnam War, the popularisation of drugs, and the difficulties of being accepted into a closed community, in 500 short pages (I whipped through ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Kaz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linda, a reader who is from or love small towns in MS.
This book reminded me of people in Key West where I lived for four years. Key West had the same kind of "small town" atmosphere like Ford County in this book, and its people were as colorful as people in this book. Coincidentally, I worked at a small publisher in Key West, like the one in this book, so I enjoyed this book very much.

"The Last Juror" is not a court crime novel. Rather, it is a book about people in Ford County, including a gruesome murder, its trial, and after-story, in 1970s. Par
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John Grisham novels are mostly quite readable. They are fast-paced and keep your interest. Although it has been a long time since I've read one of his books, this one seemed quite different. It wandered a lot, was somewhat less fast-paced, and was really more about human relationships and much less about plot. It was a little disconcerting to keep expecting the book to be one thing (completely plot-driven and breathless) and never to see that materialize. While I thought the book was going to be ...more
Jr Bacdayan
There are many Grisham works that I have read, many that I remember. The Last Juror is something of an oddity. I really like this book, yet somehow when Grisham is mentioned to me, I would't think of this. When you consider this work alone without the author and all his other books, you would find this book really good, a four-star would be fitting. But when you put everything into perspective, you'd notice a fatal flaw. It's forgettable.

The writing is crisp, Grisham usually finds his stride wh
Buku ini merupakan salah satu karya penulis John Grisham dengan seting daerah Misissipi – US pada tahun 1970an dimana integrasi rasial kulit hitam dan kulit putih sedang didorong di berbagai bidang kehidupan.

Buku ini bercerita dengan tokoh Wilie Traynor seorang mahasiswa drop out yang mengambil alih kepemilikan sebuah koran mingguan lokal Ford County Times. Koran lokal itu dibeli seharga US$ 55.000,- dalm kondisi mendekati kebangkrutan. Koran lokal semacam itu dibutuhkan oleh penduduk lokal untu
Osama Abdelghany
دايما نهايات قصصه بيبقي فيها سفر او بداية جديدة تدعو للتفاؤل والامل
انا كنت عارف مين الجاني في جرايم القتل الاخيرة كان سهل التنبؤ
القصة بتتكلم عن مدي عجز النظام القضائي في امريكا في العدل اللي هو افضل من نظامنا كثيرا لكن في النهاية قانون القوه بيكسب
وبرده بتحكي عن قصة شاب قدر ينجح ويبقي مليونير في اول عشر سنين من حياته العملية
كان بيبقي فيه فترات ركود في القصه وملل شويه وترجع الاثارة
انا قدرت اخلصها بسرعه مع انها 500 صفحة انجاز حلو
Ryan Moore
I think this was one of Grisham's better works although it isn't strictly a courtroom drama. Based during 1970 and introducing Willie Traynor, I think Grisham created a unique and instantly like able character. After introducing Taynor to the town of Clanton, the grisly crime Is committed and the action comes to life. I feel this book had more of a focus on Willie and his work as a newspaper and his cultivating friendship with Miss Callie and only during close to the end did the jurors start get ...more
Kate Donovan
I listened to the audio recording and it was excellent. The narrator was Michael Beck and he's amazingly talented, not just with the voices/accents, but conveying nuanced characterization, and hitting the pace just right. I don't know if I would have loved this story as much if I'd "read" it, since I tend to skim, and audio doesn't really allow that.

So my rec is to listen to the audio. It's exemplary. But I'm sure it's a great eyeball read too. Apparently Grisham just gets better and better. I h
Young Willie Traynor moves to small town Clanton in early 1970s Mississippi. Borrows money from his mother to buy, learn and turnaround the local newspaper business. The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part introduces Willie to the newspaper business by means of reporting a brutal rape and murder. Part 1 was exciting, held my attention, and I was looking forward to a great read. The book soon fell short in Part 2, and tried to integrate too many characters and events. It left me thinking ...more
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