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Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Last Juror by John Grisham. New York: Doubleday, 2004. ISBN: 0-385-51043-8

Another semi-page-turner by Grisham. He still knows how to tell a good yarn, and sweep you along with him. But like so many others he’s written over the years, the basic plot line is SO pat, SO perfectly scripted, SO patently over the top that you have difficulty in suspending your sense of disbelief enough to buy into the story. And, the title isn’t even accurate! Only two (or is it three, I don’t remember) of the jurors get bumped off, not all twelve, or rather, eleven, which might justify the title.

But, Grisham’s too pat plots do have their own kind of irresistible charm. The main characters here are plenty likeable, and you get caught up in spite of yourself, even though you don’t really believe a word of it. Good escapist fiction, with a good trial thrown in, written only the way Grisham seems to know how. Lots of southern rural color. Recommended for Grisham fans.


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