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Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father acquires and assault rifle - and takes justice in his own outraged hands. For ten days, with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spreading through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own...
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This addictive tale of a young lawyer defending a black Vietnam war hero who kills the white druggies who raped his child in tiny Clanton, Mississippi, is John Grisham's first novel, and his favorite of his first six. He polished it for three years and every detail shines like pebbles at the bottom of a swift, sunlit stream. Grisham is a born legal storyteller and his dialogue is pitch perfect.
The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy. Because he's lived in Oxford, Mississippi, Grisham gets compared to Faulkner, but he's really got the lean style and fierce folk moralism of John Steinbeck. --Tim AppeloFrom the Publisher:
In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence... as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...
Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life... and then his own...
"Grisham's pleasure in relating the Byzantine complexities of Clanton (Mississippi) politics is contagious and he tells a good story...An enjoyable book." -- Library Journal.
"Grisham excels!" -- Dallas Times Herald.
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Book Description Dell. Taschenbuch. Condition: Neu. Neuware - Tonya Hailey, ein zehnjähriges Mädchen, wurde von zwei betrunkenen Männern brutal vergewaltigt und mißbraucht. Wenige Tage später erschießt Tonyas Vater Carl Lee Hailey die beiden Täter im Gerichtsgebäude, in dem sie zu einer ersten Anhörung vorgeführt wurden. Das Gerichtsverfahren, daß gegen ihn eingeleitet wird, gerät zum Sensationsprozeß. Denn: die beiden Gewaltverbrecher sind Weiße; Carl Lee ist ein Schwarzer. Und der Ort der Handlung ist die Kleinstadt Clanton im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Mississippi, eine Gegend, in der ein Schwarzer noch heute damit rechnen muß, Nigger genannt zu werden. John Grisham schildert diesen Mordprozeß nicht nur aus der Perspektive des Gerichtssaals; er führt den Leser hinter die Kulissen, er deckt die inneren und äußeren Verflechtungen auf, die den Prozeßverlauf bestimmen. 544 pp. Englisch. Seller Inventory # 9780440211723