In 1967 in Greenville, Mississippi, known Klan member Sam Cayhall is accused of bombing the law offices of Jewish civil rights activist Marvin Kramer's two sons. Cayhall's had 2 trials and had hung jury's. Twelve years later a new district attorney reopened his case. A new lawyer at his firm wanted the case. It was his grandson and he tried to get his grandfather a stay for his execution. Went down to the last hour, but he was not able to help him. During the days , he had come to love the old man.
I've reread most of the John Grisham books, but it's a safe bet I'll never reread this one. I found it very difficult to get through because the main character (the prisoner) was so unpleasant and unrelatable.
FWIW, it's well written; this is simply a matter of personal taste.
I had a hard time putting this book down. This was one of John Grisham's finest! Sad but captivating story that could have actually happened. This book is a must read in my opinion
A rather simple story of sad characters in a sad culture of prejudice and violence, I had no sympathy for the prisoner nor could I understand why the grandson was working so hard for him to continue living. The drama around appealing for reprieve was beyond comprehension. Interesting as an insight into a different culture but really, I was a small story based on small characters.
The large print made it much easier to read!
The book describes in an awful lot of pages the last minute appeals for a warranted death sentence. Plot had no surprises at all.
A touching story.Will have you thinking about the death penalty.
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