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The Last Juror

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  89,062 ratings  ·  2,381 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, 278 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Delta (first published February 3rd 2004)
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Cathy Sargent "Four hours later, [Miss Callie] became the last juror chosen -- the first black to serve on a trial jury in Ford County." So the title refers to Miss…more"Four hours later, [Miss Callie] became the last juror chosen -- the first black to serve on a trial jury in Ford County." So the title refers to Miss Callie, to whom the narrator seems to be paying homage in the telling of his story.(less)

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Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read!!
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Karl Marberger
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-political
A great pleasure to read. A nice story with good atmosphere.

As always, Grisham’s writing is witty and down to Earth.
Jay Schutt
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, owned
The first half of this book was about a rape/murder trial and conviction. Very well paced.
The smaller middle section lacked any intensity and concerned various topics - primarily the workings of a small town Mississippi weekly newspaper.
At this point I was on the fence with a 3 or 4 star rating and wondering where this was going.
The last 80 pages picked up the earlier pace and with a touching climax I settled on 4 stars.
Well written in the usual Grisham style.
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
Nice plot, fast paced, smooth writing although I felt the ending of the book was quite abrupt and rushed up but nevertheless an enjoyable read. It isn't John Grisham best work but still a great read. ...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
Natalie Vellacott
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: john-grisham, fiction
Not really a courtroom drama or legal thriller; instead this novel focuses on the media in a small town in Mississippi.

Willie Traynor takes over the local newspaper in Clanton, Mississippi. The previous owner had apparently gone mad and was basically filling his pages with nothing but obituaries. The residents had grown used to this and adapted to it to the extent that they wanted nothing more than for their personal obituary to feature prominently. Traynor slowly sets about changing the cul
Dec 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!) ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sumit RK
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
The book is not an out & out legal thriller which the title seems to suggest.Set in 1970's Mississippi, half way through the book, it drifts into a commentary on elections,racial tension, segregation,parole system, churches and so on... . The ending is a bit predictable & underwhelming. ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Alexis P
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drags a bit in the middle
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Grisham novel and I absolutely loved it!

Set during 1970 in Mississippi, Willie Traynor a 23 year old dropout takes ownership of a falling newspaper.
One of the first items he's set to cover is a trial involving a rape and murder of a young mum.

The book really sets the tone of the era, Grisham expertly creates a vivid setting where the characters come to life.

I'm certainly intend to read more of he's bibliography.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016

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
Christopher Sworen
In 1970, Willie Traynor, a twenty-three-year-old journalist, became the owner of the local newspaper in Clanton, Mississippi. In the meantime, a single mother was raped and brutally murdered, and Willie was adamant about covering the story, in which he saw his golden moment. Nine years later, however, the people who served on the jury that put the killer to prison are starting to die one by one, as someone has decided to wreak vengeance on them.

This book was such a fun and educational read!
Not o
Dele Haynes
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again I've found myself in Clanton Mississippi. A fictional town that John Grisham has written about in several books, including his first book, A Time to Kill. The Last Juror takes place in Clanton, Mississipi, during the 1970's. Instead of Grisham's usual lawyer story, the main character is Willie Traynor, a reporter for the local newspaper.

The Times is a typical weekly newspaper that reports all the goings on in the small southern town. From the local crime to high school sports to the o
E.A. Padilla
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, "The Last Juror" is now my official favorite Grisham book. So good. A very satisfying read. It seemed much different. From the perspective of an outsider, who purchases the local newspaper, we follow the stories and life of Willie Traynor. Willie befriends the local Clayton attorney Harry Rex and follows a notorious rape and murder trial, that ends with Willie's introduction to Juror Miss Callie. "The Last Juror" provides a satisfying and heart warming story that, although centers on the tr ...more
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matthew by: Mother
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was good
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
Bill Khaemba
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 candidly.

So I
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I kept alternating between liking and disliking each chapter. Just wasn't consistent enough for me to enjoy it.
Not a particularly challenging read but subject matter meant I had to concentrate. 😉
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