A Time to Kill (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Following the brutal rape of his ten-year-old daughter, Carl Lee Haily, a black man living in a small Mississippi town, kills the two white men accused of the crime.

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Following the brutal rape of his ten-year-old daughter, Carl Lee Haily, a black man living in a small Mississippi town, kills the two white men accused of the crime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606147194
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 655
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Grisham
John Grisham
The master of the legal thriller, John Grisham was a criminal and civil lawyer in Mississippi when his first book, A Time to Kill, was published. But it was his next book, The Firm, that became a blockbuster and established him as king of the genre.

Biography

As a young boy in Arkansas, John Grisham dreamed of being a baseball player. Fortunately for his millions of fans, that career didn't pan out. His family moved to Mississippi in 1967, where Grisham eventually received a law degree from Ole Miss and established a practice in Southaven for criminal and civil law. In 1983, Grisham was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he served until 1990.

While working as an attorney, Grisham witnessed emotional testimony from the case of a young girl's rape. Naturally inquisitive, Grisham's mind started to wander: what if the terrible crime yielded an equally terrible revenge? These questions of right and wrong were the subject of his first novel, A Time to Kill (1988), written in the stolen moments before and between court appearances. The book wasn't widely distributed, but his next title would be the one to bring him to the national spotlight. The day after he finished A Time to Kill, Grisham began work on The Firm (1991), the story of a whiz kid attorney who joins a crooked law firm. The book was an instant hit, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and was made into a movie starring Tom Cruise.

With the success of The Firm, Grisham resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives to focus exclusively on his writing. What followed was a string of bestselling legal thrillers that demonstrated the author's uncanny ability to capture the unique drama of the courtroom. Several of his novels were turned into blockbuster movies.

In 1996, Grisham returned to his law practice for one last case, honoring a promise he had made before his retirement. He represented the family of a railroad worker who was killed on the job, the case went to trial, and Grisham won the largest verdict of his career when the family was awarded more than $650,000.

Although he is best known for his legal thrillers, Grisham has ventured outside the genre with several well-received novels (A Painted House, Bleachers, et al) and an earnest and compelling nonfiction account of small-town justice gone terribly wrong (The Innocent Man). The popularity of these stand-alones proves that Grisham is no mere one-trick pony but a gifted writer with real "legs."

Good To Know

A prolific writer, it takes Grisham an average of six months to complete a novel.

Grisham has the right to approve or reject whoever is cast in movies based on his books. He has even written two screenplays himself: Mickey and The Gingerbread Man.

Baseball is one of Grisham's great loves. He serves as the local Little League commissioner and has six baseball diamonds on his property, where he hosts games.

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    1. Hometown:
      Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 8, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Jonesboro, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981
    2. Website:

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Amazing

    Horrifying and somehow beautiful at the same time; Grisham tells the story of a family shattered and a town rocked by a horrific crime committed against a child. The trial Grisham describes is fascinating and heart-breaking in its process. The movie was good but the book is truly a work of art. The author has a skill for making the reader feel like he/she's actually right there during the trial. Grisham has outdone himself with this one! I also enjoyed The Chamber and The Partner by the same author. If you like John Grisham, you may also enjoy: Philip Margolin, Tami Hoag (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust and a Thin Dark Line especially, and Michael Connelly.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Grisham's best book

    I read this book for the first time at least 12 years ago. It was not the first John Grisham book that I read but it is, and will always be, his BEST! I could not put it down until I finished it. Unforgettable!!

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    An Amazing Novel

    A Time to Kill by John Grisham is an excellent novel. The story takes place in the small town of Clanton, Mississippi. The story covers an uneasy relationship between blacks and whites. A black man named Carl Hailey kills two white men who are on trial for the rape of his little girl. The irony is that Carl Hailey is defended by a white attorney named Jake Brigance. The novel contains humor and action. The story is moving and emotional. I like that Jake Brigance is a young, white attorney who does what he feels is the right thing to do. He is so determined to keep Carl Hailey out of jail and let him return to his family that he suffers consequences in his own marriage and within the town. Some of the people around him treat him differently than before he made the decision to be Carl Hailey's lawyer. They don't understand why Jake wants to help a black man stay out of prison. My favorite part of the plot and the main point of the novel is that Carl Hailey would do anything to take revenge against the people who hurt his daughter, even if it means that he will have to spend the rest of his life in prison. Every parent would feel the same way. If my daughter was raped and tortured, I would want to kill those guys too. The obstacle is to encourage the jury to realize this. They would have done the same thing if they were in Carl Hailey's place. They need to look past the color of his skin and judge him on what he did. Although killing two men was wrong, his intensions were right. Carl Hailey did it for his daughter. The love that he has for his daughter is extremely touching.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

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    A Time to Kill by John Grisham is a fantas

    A Time to Kill by John Grisham is a fantastic novel about the negative effects of racism, both the purities and impurities of the United States legal system, and the overall theme of good vs. evil. The book takes place sometime around the 1990s in Ford County, Mississippi and begins with a ten year old African American girl, Tonya Hailey, getting raped by two white racist men, Cobb and Willard. This horrible crime caused the two men to be arrested and taken into custody by the county sheriff, Ozzie Walls. Once they are in the hands of the legal system, the process of indicting and trying the two criminals. However, the legal process is interrupted when Carl Lee Hailey, the father of Tonya Hailey, hides in the courthouse and murders Cobb and Willard while they are being transported back to the county jail. In the process, Carl Lee also accidentally injures a deputy, DeWayne Looney. Carl Lee hires Jake Brigance, a young lawyer, to defend him. The book records the events leading up to and the actual trial of Carl Lee. Throughout the book, the question is raised of whether a father murdering two criminals that raped his daughter is legal or not.
    This book was exceptional. I would rate it five out of five stars. I enjoyed many aspects of the book, but I especially enjoyed the author’s writing style. Grisham’s writing is easy to read, yet it is packed with themes and also gripping and thrilling. Every time I put the book down, I honestly could not wait to continue reading it and find out what happens next. Also, I normally do not become emotional when reading a book; however, I actually reacted emotionally when the final verdict was delivered at the end of the trial. In addition to the author’s writing style being easy and enjoyable to read, the book’s themes were extraordinary and well delivered. Its many themes include: the battle of racists vs. non-racists, both the impurities and purities of our legal system, and above all, good vs. evil. All of these themes are excellently included in the plot of the novel. In addition to the book’s wonderful themes, I also noticed similarities to the trial in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I greatly enjoyed reading Lee’s novel, so I was surprised and excited when Grisham’s novel was somewhat similar. Overall, the book was phenomenal. Although the subject matter was somewhat disturbing, the author balances the novel with intriguing characters and a gripping and suspenseful plot. I would recommend this book to anyone probably over the age of thirteen who enjoys more realistic books that address the legal process. If you enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird or like legal books in general, you must read this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Don't start this one unless you have time to finish it b









    Don't start this one unless you have time to finish it because you won't want to put it down. Amazing!!! John Grisham never disappoints!! Highly recommend!!!! outstanding GREAT READ

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    The Best

    This is definetly the best book Grisham ever wrote. Don't be intimidated by the fact that it's 500 pages long, they go by very quickly. The first time I read it, I breezed through it in a day or two. It's the kind of book that you CANNOT put down. The questions that it raises about the death penalty and right vs. wrong will stay with you long after the last page has been read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Powerful

    Hard to put down, engaging

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Gripping!!!

    Loved this book couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Grisham at his best

    I have just started to read Grisham novels, but not only was this his best written book, it was one of the best that I have read, it was great, gripping and made you think.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Love it

    Even though i knew what was gonna happen it was still very unpredictable with all the details!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    A Great Read

    This really is a great book. I first saw the movie when I was about 11 years old and have seen it several times since then. While I really enjoyed the movie, the book provides such thought provoking details that the movie does not adequately capture. My first Grisham but definitely not my last.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Grisham's best book.

    I think that "A Time To Kill" is Mr. Grisham's best book so far. I've read many of his other novels, some are great, and some are so-so, but this novel ranks at the top. It is full of different issues like rape, murder, kkk, racism, etc. The plot just keeps on building and building. Just when you think that it is about to slow down something else happens. I recommend this book to all the folks. Enjoy it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    His best!

    In my opinion, this is the best book written by John Grisham. The rest were good, some were great, but his first was his best!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    GREAT - EXCEPTIONAL PLOT

    GREAT STORY ABOUT A FATHER'S LOVE, PAIN AND ULTIMATE REVENGE. TYPICAL DEEP SOUTH ACTION. KEPT MY ATTENTION FROM BEGINNING TO THE END. FOUND MYSELF ROOTING FOR THE FATHER'S ACQUITAL. MAKES ONE ASK ONESELF, "WHAT WOULD I DO IF IT WERE MY DAUGHTER WHO WAS RAPED?" I FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE JUST A BIT OFF OF JOHN'S TYPICAL STORY LINE. NEVER THE LESS, THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE AND REQUIRED READING FOR GRISHAM FOLLOWERS.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    The Best of Grisham

    A really good read. I think this might be the best of the Grisham books overall. I have read it several times and I think it is fantastic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU WILL EVER READ!!!!!

    This book was one of Grishman's best books EVER!This is truly the best book that I have EVER READ!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Quite simply, the best of John Grisham's books. I do wonder if h

    Quite simply, the best of John Grisham's books. I do wonder if he was at all influenced by Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Good Crimminal Law Story from Clanton, Mississippi

    A black father administered Justice to the white Criminals for his brutally raped & assaulted little girl. He end up on trial for Murder, that could end in the Gas Chamber. Set in the South, in northern Mississippi, in the small town of Clanton

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    :)

    Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    The product was as described.

    The product was as described.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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