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The Last Juror (Lucien Wilbanks)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  66,957 Ratings  ·  1,754 Reviews
In 1970, Willie Traynor came to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old found himself the owner of Ford County's only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America was in the grips of turmoil, Clanton lived on the edge of another age-- until the brutal murder of a youn ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 487 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by Dell (first published February 3rd 2004)
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Diana
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endearing read! dramatic storyline of unfolding in the stew of racial prejudices,economic disparity and corruption in a small community concerning a case...good from start to finish and well written (paperback!)
Nenette
Jul 19, 2011 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 friend
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Suzanne
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated-owned
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
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 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 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
Aug 26, 2010 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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J
Sep 09, 2012 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 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
Jan 27, 2014 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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Mahlon
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
3.5

Grisham saves his best writing for the courtrooms of Ford County, that's certainly the case here. Although it doesn't rise to the level of previous Ford County novels like A Time to Kill or Sycamore Row, the Last Juror is still an enjoyable read. This time A young mother is raped and killed by a member of one of Ford County's most reclusive and mysterious families, Danny Paggitt is sentenced to life in prison, but before he is carted off to The State Pen, he threatens to kill every single mem
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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
Matthew
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Mother
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Ava
Apr 01, 2014 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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Shahenda Khaled
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The synopsis and title of this are really misleading. They promise a story about a town that when its local paper changes owners to a young outsider, the paper is almost doomed till a brutal murder happens and the paper is saved. The murderer is accused and, at the final trial, he threatens the jury that he’d get each one of them. Nine years later, the retribution begins. That’s not what the story is about at all.

This has been on my shelf for almost 2 years now, nagging and intimidating me. I wa
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Bill Khaemba
Mar 24, 2015 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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Alexis Polk
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching, historical, justice, law. It was a great read and I loved every moment. I was hooked and had to keep going because I wanted to know the end of it all. You connect with the characters and feel like they are a part of you. Highly recommend!
Tony
Jun 18, 2009 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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Mar the Wallflower
The Last Juror is my first Grisham novel, and it definitely won't be my last. I enjoyed reading this book, even though for the most part I felt like I was reading a different book from the one described by the back cover. It advertised The Last Juror as a thriller, and so I expected more action, perhaps some exciting game of cat and mouse between our protagonist and the antagonist, but what I got is a character-centric book that has a water-downed version of the elements of a good element. Tha ...more
Melissa
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mandy
Nov 30, 2009 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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Kaz
Jul 04, 2011 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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Sarah ~
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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Kate Donovan
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annet
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a couple of years since I read my last Grisham.
Used to love reading the first books he wrote, but there came a moment that I concluded it was all more of the same and I became less interested. This book was still on my shelf and I decided I was ready for some Grisham again. Grisham is a very good storyteller. His stories are almost always entertaining and interesting and it's easy reading too. Ideal for summer holidays. This was a nice book, I liked the story and also the description
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WK
Jun 27, 2008 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
Carol Haldy
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this on audio - I haven't done Grisham in years - but I'm telling you if you have a boring job to do (paint walls) this book was fabulous. I have a clear mental picture of the town, the characters and the situation. There were some wonderful people in this book and I cried while painting at the end. Almost would give it 5 stars.
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endearing read! dramatic storyline of unfolding in the stew of racial prejudices,economic disparity and corruption in a small community concerning a case...good from start to finish and it's well written (paperback!)
Saad
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The books was great.... the start was a bit boring but once you go through a few pages you recognize how beautifully the writer has depicted the scenario.... it feels like the writer himself is playing the character... had a great time reading this book
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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.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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