The Reckoning

The Reckoning

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Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385544153
0385544154
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 25 cm

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darladoodles
Oct 19, 2018

This is some story! Grisham returns to his roots and we are given a glimpse of the Jim Crow South in good ole Ford County. The book begins with a mystery. Why does Pete Banning shoot the minister and refuse to defend his actions? We watch his trial on the edge of our seats wondering if he will be sentenced to die on Old Sparky. No sooner is this answer revealed and we are whisked back in time to the Philippines during WW II with grueling details about the horrors of the Bataan Death March. Finally there are classic Grisham legal maneuverings as we continue to follow the Banning family post-trial. The deepest of secrets are reserved until the very last chapter making this a riveting read and one of Grisham's best.

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joannetomlanovich
Sep 25, 2018

Library Journal review above is from "The Rooster Bar" not "The Reckoning."

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