Bestselling author John Grisham’s next book takes readers back to the world of Jake Brigance, first introduced to audiences in A Time To Kill. Grisham announced his new book, the legal thriller Sycamore Row, will be a sequel to A Time To Kill and will be available in stores on October 22, 2013.
“For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham’s A Time To Kill has captivated readers with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of America’s favorite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small Southern town.”
A Time To Kill was Grisham’s first published novel, hitting stores in June 1988. Grisham, a criminal defense and personal litigation lawyer, was inspired to write his first book by the testimony of a 12 year old rape victim. Grisham’s resume now includes 23 bestsellers, with eight of his books made into feature films. Matthew McConaughey tackled the role of Jake Brigance in the 1996 film adaptation of A Time To Kill directed by Joel Schumacher. That film earned $146 million at the box office and also earned Samuel L Jackson a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role.
For those who’ve forgotten the plot of A Time To Kill:
“The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle — and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life…and then his own…”
Source: John Grisham’s official website
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