Read A Time for Mercy, a Grisham Courtroom Drama

P.D. Workman

March 30, 2021

I am in the midst of my latest read by John Grisham, A Time for Mercy, released in October 2020. It is the third in the Jake Brigance series. It is what Grisham does best, legal suspense and courtroom drama. The characters are well-developed, the legal challenges clear and concise, and a sixteen-year-old’s life is on the line.

…the chores and food and intimidation were nothing compared to the violence.

John Grisham, A Time for Mercy

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

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