Book Review: A time to kill by John Grisham

The jury didn’t need evidence. They needed an excuse.

When an african american kills two persons for raping his 10 year old daughter, his life hangs in balance. An young lawyer is chosen to defend him.

A time to kill is sincere effort at writing a legal thriller unlike some silly legal tv shows. It has the seriousness that a book deserves. There will be good days and bad days in a lawyer’s life. I like it for not being sexy. It’s not a tv series. Books expect some seriousness. It is like a textbook for writing legal thrillers. The attention to details is to be appreciated. Able to portray the situations and racial tensions in USA.

At times feels one sided. I would have liked a moral conflict. I feel some parts can be edited. Even though good, some parts are unnecessarily prolonged.

A Time to Kill book cover
A Time to Kill

Lucien, the lawyer’s mentor is great. His efforts for rights of african americans are commendable. Loved his biography at the end of the book. I would have liked better arguments from the prosecutor. Liked the humour in the gravest of situations. Ellen’s (the lawyer’s secretary) character, represents that sometimes innocent people suffer for standing up to good. Feel sad for Mickey mouse, the police informer more than anybody.

I am still not sure how jury system is good for people. It always favours the majority in my opinion.

Rating: ★★★★☆

You can find the book in Goodreads: A Time to Kill

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