The Last Juror

The Last Juror

Book - 2004
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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 all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004.
ISBN: 9780385510431
0385510438
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 25 cm.

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Eil_1
Feb 06, 2016

Read the book - not available at the Library. It was in the tradition of Grisham's legal mysteries. College drop-out remade into owner of town's newspaper. Lots of twists and turns. Worth the read.

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rahmmie
Sep 01, 2015

This book is not an explosive thriller. It's a slower-paced narrative of life in the south for which Grisham is so well known. The characters are well developed, the plot is entertaining, and the dialogue is very enjoyable

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Sonia_Persaud49
Mar 06, 2014

Great book! hated the ending...

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