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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, Large Print, 592 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Random House Large Print (first published 2004)
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Suzanne
May 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, donated
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
Nenette
Jan 16, 2012 Nenette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Antof9
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
Deanna
Jul 30, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I read this book quite a few years ago I still remember how much I enjoyed reading it.
I had read only a couple of Grisham's books up to that point and this one sounded like one that I would really enjoy reading and I did. I finished it over a weekend up at the cabin in just a few sittings.

There didn't seem to be as much courtroom time and I enjoyed the focus on the story in the small southern town. I really enjoyed the first person narrative. The characters are quite believable and the
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melydia
Dec 19, 2008 melydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Traneem
Sep 17, 2010 Traneem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ..
Amanda
Jul 16, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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J
Sep 09, 2012 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I DON'T HIDE MY REVIEWS FOR SPOILERS. ON THE OTHER HAND I DON'T PUT THEM OUT ON ANY FEED.

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
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Joan
Nov 22, 2010 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jennifer
Apr 07, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Ava
Apr 01, 2014 Ava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Manda
Nov 30, 2009 Manda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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
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Matthew
Dec 12, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Mother
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Tony
Jun 18, 2009 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Michel B.
Jan 07, 2016 Michel B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-audio
So entertaining! Characters really come to life. Very "light " of course, but it does keep your attention. Page turner too, if only continue following the various colourful characters.
Bill Khaemba
Dec 28, 2015 Bill Khaemba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I just recently came back to my love of literature since my Harry Potter craze & I immediately stumble upon this book from my cousin.

I approached it with an Open mind & one heart. I flipped the pages each day and with each depth i fell in Love with the Plot setting, the theme and overall the characters.

This young man starting a new journey which soon becomes a blood bath and crazy law stuff that I must say i quite enjoyed it. Also the Author Tackles Race and Discrimination so candid
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WK
Jun 27, 2008 WK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Radha Shrestha
Jan 03, 2013 Radha Shrestha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Catherine
Jan 09, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This definitely could have been 100 pages shorter, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Elliot Black
After reading the reviews I completely agree this is a novel that does not follow the blurb. Instead of being a book with lots of time in the courtroom or about redemption for an evil killer it is simply following the life of a young white middle-class educated male who bought a local paper is Mississippi. As expected it was not an epic or entirely gripping read, rather it was an easy read and some parts I found interesting, gripping and page-turningly exciting but the majority of the novel is a ...more
David
Sep 04, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Last Juror" is a book that morphs into different forms at different times. That is not a bad thing. I just started the book expecting one type of novel only to have it change into another. That being said, it does not have a negative effect on the story and it, perhaps, speaks to John Grisham's versatility as an author. I found the book to be quite enjoyable from start to finish, regardless of where the plot was heading.

The book begins with a heinous crime. In fact, I found myself quite sur
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The Coffee Bean
SPOILERS AHEAD:


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
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Reinhold
Nov 13, 2009 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Apr 15, 2011 Yvann S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaz
Mar 27, 2014 Kaz rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Melissa
May 05, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

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