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Summary

In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case. Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances - except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather and the TV cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, minutes to save his client. For between the two men is a chasm of shame, family lies, and secrets - including the one secret that could save Sam Cayhall's life...or cost Adam his.

©1994 John Grisham (P)1999 Random House, LLC

Critic reviews

"A first-rate thriller" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"His stories are ferociously plot-driven: they will keep you awake all night" ( Independent on Sunday)
"Compelling... after 50 pages I could barely wait to turn the rest over... Grisham knows how to tell a story" ( Sunday Times)

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Fantastic novel

I have no idea how this one slipped through my Grisham radar as a multi decade fan. I haven't seen the film nor read the book. This book takes the most unsympathetic death row killer, a neo nazi accused of the bombing murder of two five year old Jewish twins at their father's law office, and makes the reader confront their own preconceived notions of the killer and the justice system/death penalty. The book is really a terrific layered character study and as regards the actual writing I think it is Grisham's finest and I say that as a huge Grisham fan. I only have one gripe and that's the character of Andy should have been female as the book is too male slanted and it would have been good to see a different POV. I have to say the narrator was absolutely excellent - a very convincing range and great nuance.

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Seriously depressing

I skipped half to read the outcome. The reader merely read it, so fast as though to get it over with - much as I did. Very disappointed.

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Loved the story, hated the narration

Having seen the film first and being underwhelmed, I was unsure if I would like this, despite being a fan of John Grisham. It was a good story, but the narration was really off putting and distracting, it sounded really robotic. Unlikely to be one I listen to again.

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Good but not his best

Lacks the narrative drive and thrillerish elements of top Grisham. Decent enough and very interesting on USA death laws

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Majestic

I really enjoy John Grisham books a fellow reader put him onto me and I've been hooked ever since however a strange thing happened to me with this particular book I began reading it but found myself struggling with it I was fuming with myself what's wrong I said and I couldn't find the answer
However I decided to get it in audible I knew I would listen to it going to and returning from work I did exactly hat and found as I progressed throughout that I wanted to listen to more so in the evening I would listen for an hour or more getting more into the story I won't give the story away all I will say is I found Sam to be a brilliant character and the narrator captured him perfectly it turns out to be another masterpiece how I get sucked into John Grisham stories in this the characters a different in all sorts of ways he has a way of getting a story and putting various characters in the spot in so glad I listened to it I would have been disappointed with myself if I decided to leave and let it go as they title says majestic !!!!!

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What a brilliant Book I do you like his books

I like the story I listen to it very intently thank you for this book hope to listen to more

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Depressing Story. Very Good Narration

The story doesn't have the speed or direction of some of Grisham's thrillers. It captures the hopelessness of death row, but more importantly the hopelessness of somebody on death row with very little positive about their present or past life.

The narrator is excellent. He manages to keep a rather pedestrian story moving along.

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Another great book

Another great book. Do you find out in the end? you will have to listen to find out.

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boring

I think I have now listened to all of the Audible Graham novels and it would seem that I somehow left the worst until last. What promised to be a twisting, turning ride along death row turned out to be a long boring stroll on a Sunday afternoon where the promise of a twist was dangled in front but Grisham sticks plainly to the path and although I did keep listening until the end hoping for a change of direction it didn't come and I was left feeling disappointed over a Grisham novel for the second book in a row.

Don't get me wrong it IS well written and well read by the narrator it's just boring as hell with no pay off. Certainly not on par with the classic cat and mouse legal thrillers he is much more well known for.

I would give this one a miss, unless you have insomnia

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classic grisham

exactly what you expect from john grisham, a legal story line with a few surprise twists