A Time for Mercy

A Time for Mercy

Book - 2020
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Court-appointed lawyer Jake Brigance puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line to defend a sixteen-year-old suspect who is accused of killing a local deputy and is facing the death penalty.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385545969
0385545967
9780385545983
0385545983
Branch Call Number: F GRISHAM
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 25 cm

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JCLCherylMY Apr 13, 2021

A story of how the tragic events of domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and murder affects a family, a police force, and a town. Grisham did a good job of weaving all the story lines together but I agree with the criticism that the middle dragged and if cut would have made a tenser story throughout.

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CairoL51
Mar 27, 2021

I seemed to have enjoyed this story more than some other reviewers. I enjoy the background on characters and following the repeat characters that we know from previous books. Listened to this one on playaway and enjoyed the narrator's voice. That makes a big difference for me when I am listening to books. This one does not have a neat "tie everything up in a bow" ending. Don't think I am ruining things since many other reviewers mention this as well. I didn't mind this because life is rarely neat and tidy.

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21221018293347
Mar 24, 2021

Better than some of his other recent books, which have been really awful. Starts out well; bogs down in the middle with too much extraneous storyline. The court room drama towards the end is good, but then a disappointing conclusion, or a conclusion in anticipation of another story. If there is another story, Grisham should take his time and editing to create a sequel to what was his first dynamic book in "A time to kill". Otherwise, it is will a "time to retire". Note too, the use of cell phones in the 1990's?

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Vincent2017
Mar 15, 2021

Would give this book 3 stars. Was a great book until the ending.

cfitzer1 Mar 09, 2021

recommended by Ethyll

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kalupusa9
Feb 15, 2021

This is his worst book, totally disappointed, way too long with a meaningless ending

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Ljparker5807
Feb 12, 2021

What a disappointment and frankly a waste of time. At the end of the book, Grisham states he was lazy in the writing and editing of this book and boy does that show. This book was way too long and some of the resolutions are just too hard to believe. There is talk of a movie and if a movie is made, they will need to seriously rewrite the script. Grisham is becoming like many of these prolific writers of best sellers and is just putting in minimal effort. There is nothing to gain by reading this novel.

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catspaws
Jan 23, 2021

I agree with a lot of these comments...slogged through this very long book just to be very disappointed by the ending...if he left the door open for a sequel, I'll skip it.
I have been a reader of many of his books and liked the earlier ones a lot better.

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NedSu
Jan 21, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Ford County. Lots of memorable characters return and the main courtroom story represents a compelling legal dilemma. Grisham takes the time to flesh out his characters and makes us care about them.

That is why we are disappointed with the ending- the struggles remain for the characters, maybe slightly better, but not resolved. It is a good ending, though, and reminds us that life is messy- and it sets us up for more Ford County tales. I look forward to it.

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bullswon6
Jan 08, 2021

As with all his books, Grisham offers interesting characters and a suspenful story. However, he leaves so much unanswered at the end that I felt very disappointed. I read 464 pages and it was like Grisham got tired and did not want to write anymore. Very unlike him to do this.

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