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Jake Brigance, the protagonist of John Grisham's classic legal thriller A Time to Kill, is back. This time he's at the epicentre of a sensational murder trial that bitterly divides the citizens of Clanton, Mississippi. 

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. It established Jake as a classic American hero - a lawyer who sought truth and justice at all costs, even when his life and reputation were on the line.

Brigance returned in 2013's Sycamore Row, in which he once again found himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial.

Now, in A Time for Mercy, Jake is the court-appointed lawyer for Drew Gamble, a young man accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance sees it another way. Once he learns the details of the case, he realises he has to do everything he can to save Drew...who is 16. His commitment to the truth puts Jake's career and the safety of his family at risk.

Filled with all the courtroom machinations, small-town intrigues and plot twists that have become hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy emphatically confirms John Grisham's reputation as America's favourite storyteller.

There is a time to kill, a time for justice, and a time for mercy.

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Awful Scottish accent

This is a John Grisham so is reliably listenable and the characters - their various conflicts and camaraderie’s - are hookey. It is such a shame!!! That an otherwise really good and reliable narrator (and I’ve known Jeff Harding so the exact same thing - although his accents are amazing now so he must have worked hard to improve them) can’t be arsed (quite frankly) to bother to even get close to a Scottish accent. This character crops up enough to have warranted at least a stab at getting it right. The narrator’s attempt to affect a Scottish accent ate so incredibly bad it brings the whole thing down. He seems to think rolling his ‘R’s is the key but to anyone from the uk, let alone Scotland it’s appalling. Why is it only US narrators that don’t even try to get any accent apart from the American variations under their belts? And if they can’t be bothered, at least change the characters origin to being from Ohio or somewhere. There is absolutely no point in subjecting listeners to this sort of embarrassing attempt.

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Brilliant, shame about the Scottish accent!

This was an amazing story and brilliant audio with wonderful believable American accents throughout the book! However, I've lived on a Scottish island for 30 years and even as an incomer found the Scottish accent in this audio unbelievably awfull and embarrassingly painfull to listen too! It was frankly dreadfull and I can't believe nobody picked up on the unsuitability of the reader!

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Perfect road trip novel

As much as I like a shocking plot twist or waiting for various timelines to converge, sometimes I want to be taken along a linear journey of a story and John Grisham excels at this. Even though there is nothing groundbreaking in this latest visit to Clanton, it was a thoroughly engaging story and felt like catching up with people you've not seen for ages. If you like Grisham, pull up a chair you'll be right at home, if you don't, this probably won't change your mind. Michael Beck is on top form, maybe not so much on the Scottish accent, but his overall performance would make me recommend the audiobook over the actual printed versions.

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Waited a long time

And it was worth it. Enthralled with the language, story and Escaped completely following every word. The reading was excellent too

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Predictable but ok

The end is predictable. The main mystery is how it gets there. I am pleased I do not live in Mississippi.

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Another fabulous Grisham story that kept me riveted throughout - I tuned in as often as was humanly possible to follow the story! The combination of Grisham and Beck is knockout but, Michael, the Scottish accent needs a bit of work and I'm happy to coach when the next character from Scotland appears!!

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Love Grisham and love this narrator

Hands down the best performer of Grisham books in my opinion. Grisham needs no intro but fully recommend any of his work read by Michael Beck

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Just brilliant!!

A brilliant read from beginning to end. Michael beck narrates it perfectly. Another John Grisham masterpiece.

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Was this part 1?

Enjoyed the relaxed pace and excellent performance (except for the Scottish accent which was pretty awful) but feel like I didn’t get to find out what happened to the main protagonist... a bit disappointing really.

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Grisham back to his best

As gripping as A Time to Kill. Loved it. Only fault was the narrator’s Scottish accent. Absolutely horrific and should be illegal.

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Fabulous

I totally enjoyed this book I feel like John Grisham has come back to himself again. There were a few duds in the middle of his career but this one was incredibly good and I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it.