The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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Description

#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
 
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 
 October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.
           
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.

Reviews

  • The Reconning

    1
    By rnoldlar
    Just a terrible read. Story put together poorly, outcome predictable and mostly filler from start to finish.
  • Great novel

    4
    By Rawdyra
    Great read
  • Really good book!😛

    5
    By Bob 19333
    Really good book!🤪
  • The Reckoning

    2
    By Spartan Lit Reader
    Despite this novel’s strong opening with a compelling plot and interesting characters, the story line collapses with an abundance of irrelevant information. The most disappointing Grisham novel to date.
  • Worth the read

    4
    By R2bbarnes
    Good
  • A war has few happy endngs

    5
    By Old Ballard
    I was so disgusted with the bad reviews based on the lack of a happy ending I could puke. If they were exposed to battle, there are serious reasons why few vets can talk about it. Here are two war stories from my family that were not in the book and there were several more. Eugene Roper was my Dad’s first cousin. He stayed with the Roper’s in Kansas when he went to business school - was older than Gene and our families were close. Dad’s parents lived on a 50 acre farm in Missouri and could not support him in college. I was born when my mother was about 30 and most of these two stories are her words. I am 81 as I write this. I have vivid memories of both men. Gene earned a degree in electrical engineering and was drafted by the Army before he got a job. He wound up in the Philippines for a time. When the US surrendered to the Japs he did the forced march to the coast now known as the Bataan Death March. The book covers it well. I am sure Gene experienced all the atrocities the Japs had to offer but he survived. However, this is not a happy ending. The healthy prisoners were sent to the Japan mainland and put in slave labor camps. They were moved around as needed until they were liberated at the end of the war. In the interim, our family received Post cards with Japanese and English on them telling us he was treated well and well fed. All the while the men were working hard labor on a starvation diet. It must have taken a very long time to move these emaciated men to the Hospital ships. In any case Gene, malnourished and diseased, died at sea. His cremated remains were buried at home in Kansas. Haskel Coker was drafted as low as it goes and being a farm boy it was Stevie assumed he could handle blood and gore with no problem. However, there are limits and this is a story of man’s inhumanity to man within the US Army. He was sent to Germany. My uncle Hack was assigned to a unit that went into the battle fields when the fighting was over and picked up body parts for burial, cremation or some other means of disposal. Plus, human bodies decompose slowly like any animal, it is grim, and the odor is putrid. A fellow I worked with had seen action in Korea or WWll and heard us talking about this Great War movie we had seen. He told us all Hollywood war movies were sanitized. The next day he brought snap shots he had taken of bloated dead enemy soldiers laying on the side of the road as he was marching to the next battle. “The odor is missing” he said. “The movies will always lack the reality of being there. Anyway Hack could not keep his food down and when he complained they accused him of “gold bricking.” He finally collapsed from malnutrition and woke up in a hospital. He told my mom that he was certain he had died and gone to heaven - everything was white and there were angels (nurses) in the room. Hack was not reassigned so I am sure he was given a dishonorable discharge. His treatment by the army was not so different than Genes’ treatment by the Japanese in-the labor camps.
  • Couldn’t let it down

    5
    By rookiereader1*
    I am far from an experienced novel reader and takes a lot to keep me engaged in a one. However, from page one this book grabbed me and kept me in suspense until the final few pages. Grisham’s ability to provide a great overall plot while at the same time educate on the brutality our soldiers endured in Part 2 made this a definite page turner that was impossible to let down.
  • The Reckoning

    3
    By Fred V-F
    This book was like taking a tumble down the long side of a jagged and bumpy mountain: smashing up against boulders and with brutal fractures along the way but none hard enough to finally end the stream of pain that Ludlum wrote in. No smooth grassy spots to give one a sense of relief either. The tragedy begins at the top and continues all the way to the bottom to end in a somewhat soft and unceremonious thud.
  • All work and no pay

    2
    By TacoBear
    Such a masterful storyteller. Thus the 2 stars. But the book? Such a bunch of stray threaded words haphazardly thrown in between two covers never knotting together to form any bond. An incredibly depressing book at that. I assumed the end was going to make all the dreary, heartbreaking, unbelievably sad sentences enter-twine and sew a warm quilt of a story that I was so glad I wrapped myself up in!!! Boy was I wrong. Left out in the cold with a thread bare, tattered blanket!! 100% predictable ending. What a waste of a story that could have been one to retell for ages. Had he spent 1/10th the time on the ending product as he did building the war story this might’ve been a real winner. Where’s the old Grisham? I miss him. He was a fabulous writer! Remember a Time to Kill? #itstimeforagoodending I had plenty of shockers for this book’s final chapter. None were as predictable as this.
  • Hard to finish and depressing

    2
    By Jordan Reads
    I am a big Grisham fan, and this was my first real disappointment with his work. The war stories were completely unnecessary to the story. The ending was very sad and not at all satisfying. Side note: I don’t think John Grisham likes people anymore. This book was a very pessimistic take on humanity from all angles.