The Reckoning

The Reckoning

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2018
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Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippis favorite sona 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, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder werent shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about itto the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his familywas: "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 Petes defense attorney tries desperately to save him.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525639251
Branch Call Number: CD FICTION Gri, 15 disc
Characteristics: 15 audio discs (18 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Beck, Michael 1949-


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Book was TOO long!! I listen to audiobooks, and this had 16 CD's. I listened to first six, then listened to the last disc to found out what happened??? I would recommend this book ONLY if you are homebound

Nov 11, 2018

I have been a Grisham fan for many years and still consider him to be an excellent writer. ( There is a "however" in that sentence. ) I think "The Reckoning" was / or should have been 2 books. The story set in Philippines of WWII was compelling. It could / should have been a book in itself. Then we have the home story in Ford County and the murder which had sufficient narrative to be its own book. When reading the two put together, I have two bones to pick. The first is that the WWII events convince us completely that Pete is an honorable man who went thru horrific events and still maintained that honor. The second is that a character in the story has the answer to the WHY of the murder all along and does not tell us or the children (or Pete) the secret until the very end. After reading all the intricacies of the war and the lives of the children, I was so sick and tired of not knowing the "why" that I almost stopped caring. When I found out the reason for the murder I was angry and disappointed. I was angry because for hour after hour I had been shown that Pete was a man to be admired. He was not. He committed an act of violence without knowing the truth. I felt betrayed by Grisham and by Pete. I was disappointed because had been tricked into believing that the murder was somehow an "honorable" act. It was not. I do not think the man who fought in the Philippines would have committed the violence at home without knowing the truth. Doesn't an honorable man nurture his children instead of his sense of vengeance???? I still think Grisham is an excellent writer because a bad writer could not provoke the sense of betrayal in me as a reader that I felt after finishing the book. All this being said, I think everyone should read the book and decide. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Oct 23, 2018

Publisher’s Weekly got it’s review wrong. They stated that The Reckoning is a “subpar” effort while praising The Rooster Bar in passing.
Although The Reckoning isn’t out yet, l thought that RB was one of his weakest novels ever. It had a silly unbelievable plot, weak character development, and it seemed to me that Grisham just mailed it in.


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