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A Time for Mercy

(Jake Brigance #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  28,730 ratings  ·  2,497 reviews
Jake Brigance, the protagonist of A Time to Kill, John Grisham’s classic legal thriller is back. This time he's at the epicenter of a sensational murder trial that bitterly divides the citizens of Clanton, Mississippi.

A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. It established Jake as a classic American hero—a lawyer who seeks truth and justice at all cos
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Random House
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Paige You can! The books aren't necessarily connected, but it's nice to have the background on the characters and places that are present in this book. A Ti…moreYou can! The books aren't necessarily connected, but it's nice to have the background on the characters and places that are present in this book. A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row, and now this book all have overlapping characters and places. If you have the time, I would recommend going in order so that you can follow the characters as they weave through time. They are some of the best! Especially, in my opinion, Lucien Wilbanks :) (less)

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Susanne  Strong
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jake Brigance is back and it’s about time!

The year is 1990 and the place is Clanton, Mississippi.

It has been five years since Jake Brigance represented Carl Lee Haley. Now, Jake is asked to represent sixteen year old Drew Gamble, accused of murdering his mother’s boyfriend Stuart Kofer, a cop on the local police force who Drew and his sister claimed were abusing their mother.

This is a case that no one wants, for good reason and yet, after being appointed by the Court, Jake defends it to the b
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Absolutely Sensational! A Time For Mercy is John Grisham at his best! It is an old school legal thriller, just like A Time to Kill and I could not get enough or get the story out of my mind. It took me back to when I first read a Grisham novel as a teenager and I couldn't be happier about it.

Jake Brigance returns, 5 years after he dramatically got Carl Lee off on a murder charge in A Time to Kill. Now I can only see Jake as Matthew McConaughey after the film... not that that is a bad thing. Thi
Joey R.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.0 stars —- “A Time for Mercy” is the 3rd Jake Brigance novel from John Grisham. I wasn’t a big fan of the last Grisham book I read and was hoping that this one would be back up to his usual high standards. After not being able to read for a week due to COVID issues, I breezed through this very well written and interesting novel in just 5 days. “Mercy” tells the story of a 16 year old boy who is charged with capital murder after killing his mother’s abusive boyfriend, who just happens to be a c ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

This book had a powerful beginning. There was immediate tension, dread, and suspense. John Grisham is a popular master of court drama and knows and explains the intricacies with expertise.

A deputy sheriff, Stuart Kofer, comes home one night in a drunken rage, as he has done before. He beats his girlfriend into unconsciousness while her two terrified children cower in their rooms upstairs. They know they will be next. Her son, Drew, is a sixteen-year-old. He is immatu
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still remember the day I bought “a time to kill” because of high recommendation of bookstore salesman when I insisted I was something addictive and unputdownable! I was young, dumb high school wannabe, not so picky and tough reader! I was enjoying to be introduced to new authors. This was my first John Grisham book and a year later, I was also introduced the young and hot Texan Matthew delicious McConaughey with his blonde curls who was playing Jake Brigance, the heroic lawyer who has saved Ca ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, I'm stompin' outta 2020 and closing out the year with the Big Guy......a bit of John Grisham.

Grisham and I have danced a sort of mad tango when it came to the last handful of his offerings. Some satisfied less than others. Some not at all. In A Time for Mercy Grisham returns to his roots and into the echoes of his former courtroom scenes. He's even gifted us with the presence of Jake Brigance once again from the stellar novel A Time to Kill.

It's Clanton, Mississippi in 1990 and the sting
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The opening of this book grabs the reader and does not let go. It is Grisham at his finest. The story is about domestic violence and all its ramifications. In many ways the story is a heartbreaker. The plot is interesting and the characters are colorful. There is enough racial tension and legal drama to keep the reader on edge. The story follows the real-world disagreements about domestic violence and what happens when the children victims fight back. I think the book could have been a bit short ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much courtroom and bitter jurists for my likes. A child is raped. The story drifts unsatisfactorily. 4 of 10 stars
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
For those who read and enjoyed Grisham’s A Time to Kill, this will be a wonderful legal thriller that returns to that small Mississippi community that still talks about the lawyer who was able to orchestrate the biggest surprise ever. Grisham presents a fairly cut and dry case, but one that is full of twists, as a teenage boy is put on trial for murder, with capital punishment awaiting him. Intriguing and entertaining throughout, Grisham shows that he still has a penchant for wonderful legal thr ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Note: “Indeed, I’ve written so much about Ford County that I can’t remember all of it. The point of all this is to apologize for any mistakes. I’m just too lazy to go back and read the earlier books.” — John Grisham

Just as I thought ... and despite the flaws, I continued because it held my attention. So Jake Brigance is back and a compelling read. The majority of the book was great but the end seemed in a bit of a rush on a couple things. All in all I enjoyed the book and look forward to
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Too much courtroom for my likes and this story drifts. 5 of 10 stars
Jonathan K
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Typical Grisham

A fan of the first Jake Brigance book, A Time to Kill, I had high hopes. Instead of something unique, Grisham chose to mimic the story switching out the black adult, Carl Lee for a 16 year old boy and the child with a sexy but useless mother. Paced well, it's hard not to be engaged with the characters in spite of the similar plot. It's not Grisham's best but for fans of Jake Brigance might be worth reading.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read every book that John Grisham has written and this is one of his best in years. Hopefully, he will bring back Jake Brigance in another novel soon.
Natalie M
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, crime
The long wait between instalments is absolutely worthwhile!

Jake Brigance returns, representing 16-year-old Drew Gamble, accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend Stuart Kofer, a local police officer, who was not on duty but in small-town Clanton, Mississippi, 1990, this does not matter and Drew finds himself facing the gas chamber.

Drew and his sister claim they and their mother are being abused by Kofer. Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial as Drew's court-appointed atto
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a terrific read!
The last book I read by Grisham was Gray Mountain, back in 2014, so it’s been quite some time. I have others published after that one but I was not excited to read them as I was with this one, especially because “A Time To Kill” is one of my top 5 by this author, and as I loved “Sycamore Row”, I could not wait to put my hands on this one.
I was not disappointed.
I enjoyed every minute.
Grisham is a great storyteller.
I do recommend this book.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Glad to get back to Jake Brigance and the crew. Loved it!
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really feeling fortunate to have an opportunity to read best-selling author John Grisham’s latest legal thriller, thanks to Unfortunately the book did not live up to my expectations for a number of reasons.
The third and final volume starring defense lawyer Jake Brigance starts off powerfully as we are plunged into the death of a blind-drunk abusive police officer by one of his terrified victims. The setting is the same sleepy, insular stereotyped Mississippi community we hav
Kathryn in FL
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I alternated between listening to the audio and reading the Hardcover. My review is found clicking this link.

I preferred to reading the story after several hours of listening to the audio. My hats off to the narrator, who was responsible for a wide number of voices necessary. I'm sure it was quite a challenge.

Unfortunately, the female voices sounded like unprofessional drag queens to me. I found Jake's daughter, who is aged 10 in this installment, sounded
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’m a huge John Grisham fan so I was delighted to have received this ARC starring Jake Brigance of A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row fame. Grisham’s writing has a fluidity to it that always makes his books appealing. The plot immediately grabbed my attention and the characters were well-drawn and sympathetic. Grisham is a master at taking the nuances of the courtroom and making it both understandable and appealing to laypeople like myself. I do have to say that there were times that I found that t ...more
I always enjoy Grisham legal thrillers and Jake Brigance third book doesn't disappoint. Another exciting and complex plot where a local cop was killed by a sixteen year old boy in Clanton, Mississippi. The audio was superb and really brought these great characters to life. I understand that Brigance has to make a living and can't always defend the poor, but the secondary case (railroad) really took the momentum away from the main story. I wish it wasn't there. ...more
Deacon Tom F
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Another Great Grisham

3 1/2 Stars.

I am very much a Grisham fan. I usually rate 5 stars all the way because of the nonstop action. However, this story starts out with a incredibly bloody beginning in Mississippi and starts a long slow decent to an unsatisfying ending.

The plotline is repeated try to many times. It is my guess would that at least 100 pages of repetition could have been trimmed awe would not have missed anything.

In the end, it was a good story but not great.

I will let the reader
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Grisham is my auto read/buy list. I don’t always like them but I do love the Brigance trilogy. This one was a slow burn tense read that ended up being really satisfying.

Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I've always maintained and I've always will that if you read one book by John Grisham, you read them all. The same, naturally, goes for this book too. And it is not something that I say out of spite or to criticize or to highlight any other disadvantage. On the contrary, I like Grisham's books and I've read almost all of them. And they are really good. But, at the same time, the aforementioned "read one - read all" means that I probably won't ever in the future rate any of them 5*, simply becaus ...more
Well, what can I say about this. I was expecting a fast paced legal thriller and lots of tense courtroom scenes kind of along the lines of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series which was fantastic but this was....not that, not even close.

It started out quite ok and I was waiting to see Jake Brigance in action but there was hardly any part whereJake brigance was actually being a lawyer. What i got was this:

1. Jake unwilling to take on the case in the first place
2. Lots of other situations were
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Link notes for a movie planned below.

Like in “A Time for Kill” - this book shows you, your “Guilty until proven innocent” NOT “Innocent until proven guilty”.....

In Clanton, Mississippi, Drew Gamble(16) shoots/kills the drunken Deputy Stuart Kofer (his mother’s boyfriend) when finding, Josie(mom) unconscious & Kiera(14-sister) frighten.
Drew & Kiera - are Josie’s children but from diff. fathers NOT Stu. Stu always abused them. Kiera is pregnant with a boy by Stu...

Drew now needs defense.

The small
Julie  Durnell
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding, even for the master of the legal genre-I do believe this is my favorite Grisham novel. Jake Brigance, his family, and the people of the town are so well drawn. I especially liked his legal mentors, Lucien and Harry Rex, and his law office aide, Portia. The two far different cases portrayed in this novel make for a great story. I'm hoping for a movie version sooner rather than later. ...more
Kathryn in FL
Another fast paced mystery involving Jake Brigance-

I love this series and Grisham has delivered another strong story in the series! The story begins in 1990 with Jake being assigned in indigent case, another loser, but no one will answer Judge Noose's calls for a young man, 16 year old teenager, Drew Gamble. Who shot his mother's boyfriend after he knocks her around in another drunken rage. When Drew sees his unconscious mother lying on the kitchen floor, he seeks the predator, the man who has t
Horace Derwent
Oct 15, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
oh, shit! finally…

if you're a Grisham fan, then you must read his Brigance first
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dec-20, 5000-2020
Can't go wrong with a Jake Brigance novel by John Grisham!
A Time For Mercy is the 3rd book in the series and it's an excellent read!
I highly recommend the audiobook!
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Brigance is back and better than ever. The drama in this third Brigance installment is right on par with the first one. I could not help seeing Matthew McConaughey in my mind's eye as I read this book. The case is complicated. The town is once again in an uproar and Jake has become the least popular guy on Clanton, MI square. There are some very difficult life situations to consider in this book and many a book group will find this to be a substantial choice for consideration. When is capit ...more
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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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  • A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)
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“Those pricks down at the Rotary Club and the church and the coffee shop will not make you a lawyer and will not make you a dime.” And, “To be a real lawyer, first you grow a thick skin, and second you tell everybody but your clients to go to hell.” And, “A real lawyer is not afraid of unpopular cases.” 3 likes
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