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The Reckoning: A Novel (Unabridged)

by John Grisham

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#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.   “A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.” —USA Today    October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.             In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him.  Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.

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Up and down and down and down ...

Seriously read way to slow... I listened up to 2x fast at times... it seemed a big to do about nothing... didn’t really care about any of the characters ...sad and dismal to the dreary end... a waste of time other than I have new appreciation for war vets!!


A waste of 17 hours. If I wanted reality I would read non fiction, the news paper or a real estate law book.

Terrible ending

The book was wonderful and the description of the Battan Death March was riveting but this book had the worst ending ever. Ridiculous way to conclude this story especially after listening for 17+ hours.

John Grisham, The Reckoning: A Novel (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Michael Beck
  • Published: 2018
  • Category: Mystery
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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