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The Last Juror

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In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. Many were surprised when the ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout Willie Traynor. Newspaper’s future looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

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In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. Many were surprised when the ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout Willie Traynor. Newspaper’s future looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, “life” didn’t necessarily mean “life,” and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

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14 reviews for The Last Juror


  1. I’d like to know what were the mistakes that John talks in the last page of THE LAST JUROR.
    Thank you


  2. i’m trying to find out if there is a movie based on the novel The Last Juror by John Grisham, and how can I get it?


  3. No, there is not, unfortunately.


  4. Will there be a movie coming out based on this novel?


  5. You never know. A few years in an interview Grisham said he has some doubts whether it will appeal to the moviemakers but at least personally he can see “The Last Juror” becoming a movie.

    You can read the full interview here.


  6. OMGGGGGG WEINERS!!!!!


  7. This was my favorite book, are there any other John Grisham novels that are similar or just as well written?


  8. wow, john is the best.i love his books.i need to read this one.hope it is as good as ‘a time to kill’


  9. I am currently reading “The Associate” by John Grisham. This book is captivating and has caught my full attention. Being that I have been reading intently, not to miss a word, I found an error in a character quote. On Page 177 Grisham writes “Brother Manny issued the question and absorbed the answers with such ease……..KYLE felt as though he could chat for hours and tell him everything”…..I believe what Mr. Grisham intended to be in print was the character name of BAXTER, as he is in rehab and who was conversing with Brother Manny.


  10. love the book! the best book i read so far…


  11. It came to me after Wify’s friend picked it up from a flea market in Coimbatore – India, and later went abroad, leaving it behind. Great read. Thanks John!


  12. Have you read, An Innocent Man? This is good and a true story.
    I’m reading the Last Juror right now..it’s good so far.


  13. Love this man, love his books. He gave me as a gift the pleasure of reading…


  14. He visto varias peliculas adaptaciones de sus libros.Actualmente estoy leyendo El ultimo Jurado. Es tan interesante,que no pueo dejar de seguir leyendo. Espero seguir leyendo todos sus libros!
    Su vida me parece muy interesante y lo felicito por su linda familia.
    Ojala que pueda venir al Peru alguna vez,estoy segura que le va a encantar!
    gracias

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