A Time To Kill

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THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER
John Grisham’s first and most shocking novel, adapted as a film starring Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the violent racists who raped his ten-year-old daughter, the people of the small town of Clanton, Mississippi see it as justice done, and call for his acquittal.

But when extremists outside Clanton – including the KKK – hear that a black man has killed two white men, they invade the town, determined to destroy anything and anyone that opposes their sense of justice. A national media circus descends on Clanton.

As tensions mount, Hailey hires the inexperienced Jake Brigance to defend him. It’s the kind of case that could make a young lawyer’s career.

But it’s also the kind of case that could get a young lawyer killed.
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‘A master at the art of deft characterisation and the skilful delivery of hair-raising crescendos’ Irish Independent

‘John Grisham is the master of legal fiction’ – Jodi Picoult

‘The best thriller writer alive’ – Ken Follett

John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers’ Telegraph

‘Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller’ The Times

‘Grisham’s storytelling genius reminds us that when it comes to legal drama, the master is in a league of his own.’Daily Record

‘Masterful – when Grisham gets in the courtroom he lets rip, drawing scenes so real they’re not just alive, they’re pulsating’ Mirror

‘A giant of the thriller genre’ TimeOut

Critics Review

  • The best thriller writer alive

    Evening Standard
  • Grisham is a natural storyteller

    Daily Telegraph
  • A giant of the thriller genre

    Time Out

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