A Time for Mercy

by John Grisham

Political / Legal Thrillers Thriller and Suspense

A Time for Mercy Synopsis

Jake Brigance, lawyer hero of A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row, is back, in his toughest case ever.


Deputy Stuart Kofer is a protected man. Though he's turned his drunken rages on his girlfriend, Josie, and her children many times before, the police code of silence has always shielded him.

But one night he goes too far, leaving Josie for dead on the floor before passing out. Her son, sixteen-year-old Drew, knows he only has this one chance to save them. He picks up a gun and takes the law into his own hands.

In Clanton, Mississippi, there is no one more hated than a cop killer - but a cop killer's defence lawyer comes close. Jake Brigance doesn't want this impossible case but he's the only one with enough experience to defend the boy.

As the trial begins, it seems there is only one outcome: the gas chamber for Drew. But, as the town of Clanton discovers once again, when Jake Brigance takes on an impossible case, anything is possible ...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781529342369
Publication date: 8th July 2021
Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Primary Genre Political / Legal Thrillers

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John Grisham Press Reviews

a master of plotting and pacing . . . suspenseful - New York Times

A new Grisham legal thriller is always an event, but this one is exceptional as the author is returning to Jake Brigance, the hero of his very first book, A Time To Kill . . . There is a lot of Grisham in Brigance - they were both street lawyers on the side of the people, not big corporations. It gives the book an emotional core that burns with a white heat - Daily Mail

Grisham, as always, delivers legal suspense in spades - Irish Independent

Grisham has the knack of lighting a slow-burning fuse that has readers gasping for the coming big bang of courthouse fireworks - Peterborough Telegraph

classic Grisham - Irish Examiner

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About John Grisham

John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill ...

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