Check out my A Time to Kill book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Jury (Original Title: A Time to Kill) is a 1989 novel by American author John Grisham, which quickly became a bestseller. 

A Time to Kill

The German translation of Andreas Brandhurst was first published in 1992 by Hein, Munich. At this publishing house alone, there were 44 editions of the book in 2007.

A Time to Kill book summary :

In Clinton's fictional small town, Mississippi, 10-year-old Tonya Haley is brutally raped by two drunken white men, Billy Ray Cobb and James "Pete" Willard. When the two were brought to trial for a preliminary hearing, he shot and killed Tonier's father, Carl Lee Hailey.

Subsequent court proceedings against Carl Lee Hailey became turbulent. As a black man who dares to lynch his daughter's white criminals in South America, he faces the death penalty. Young lawyer Jack Brigins accepted the case.

She is supported by her friends Lucien Willbanks and Harry Rex Vonner, both her own attorneys and later law student Ellen Roark. Because the case is clear - Carl Lee carefully prepared and positively identified the murders - the trial is a challenge to the defense.

The only way to save Carl Lee is to drive him crazy. It was intended to serve as a fig leaf for the jury to avoid Carl Lee's warning. Arrogant prosecutor Rufus Bakli tried to use the case to advance his political career.

With the help of his acquaintances, he intimidates Chief Justice Omar "Ichabod" Nuz. Nuz then declined Jack's request to sue in another county. In Ford County, Carl Leek faced a jury of 12 white judges.

Oath of Revenge, Billy Ray's brother, Freddie Q, contacted the Clax clan, who wanted to use the trial as an opportunity for self-disclosure. Shortly afterwards, Keke attempts to bomb Jack's home, where an informant disguises himself as "Mickey Mouse".

Jack sends his wife and daughter out of town to protect them and is under police surveillance. Later, the man is attacked and beaten by Jack's secretary, Ethel Tweety. He died at the hospital. On the first day of the trial, KKK and black protesters were hit by a Molotov cocktail by Stump Season, KKK's "Great Dragon" and engaged in a street fight after their deaths.

Sheriff Wall then calls the state police for a backup, and the mayor calls the National Guard to maintain order in the city, which Jack doesn't necessarily dislike because the aggressive environment of the trial requires him to deliver second-round ammunition. Provides examples.

But the KKK doesn't give up: a sniper shoots Jack, but "just" hits one of the soldiers guarding him. Ellen Roark was abducted on her way home. After biting the cake, he is left in the woods where he rescues Mickey Mouse. Despite the intimidation, Jake insisted.

However, the acquittal was achieved only through a mental test by one judge: he enthusiastically challenged other judges to visualize in detail the rape and revenge, and then to consider how Tony and Carl Lee Haley would have reacted if they had been white. . The rapists were black. Carl Lee was finally acquitted because he was upset at the time.

A Time to Kill book review :

A Time to Kill is the story of a black man (Carl Lee) who faces trial for the murder of his daughter's rapists - who were white. It follows the life of a lawyer (Jake Briggins, a white man) who is primarily trying to secure the man's acquittal in a trial before a white jury.

The book has a simple and straightforward plot, with detailed character traits and personality. Events, situations, verbal exchanges, and emotional states are all described in great detail. Grisham carefully balances his characters so that we can see both sides of every argument in the trial, especially with regard to caution and the death penalty.

Although there is a lot of sympathy for Carl Lee, especially among black townspeople, there is also a strong opinion that caution, whatever the provocation, is wrong; And then there's the minority of white supremacists who think Carl Lee should be killed.

Throughout the story, Grisham does not portray anyone as a complete hero, and only a select few are portrayed as truly evil. Grisham builds on the lawyer's initial skepticism that racial tensions are an issue, then begins the reaction that he and his family may have to endure if they are involved in the case.

Advocates are just people, above all; She has a family and makes it despite the difficulties of doing a job. The author acknowledges that such a heavy plot scheme requires some light humor to strike a balance between two very different doctrines and arguments.

For this, he wisely turned to a former lawyer's adviser - a sharp-witted but now disobedient lawyer with a penchant for whiskey. He is as much a sidekick as he is a protagonist, without the negative side of being involved in a dizzy war against a vocal but influential minority.

    Mr. Buckley, let me explain that. And I will do it very carefully and slowly so that you can understand it too. If I were a sheriff, I wouldn't have arrested him. If I had been on the grand jury, I would not have accused him. If I were a judge, I would not judge him.

If I were DA, I wouldn't sue him. If I were on the jury, I would vote to give him a city key, a plaque to hang on his wall, and I would send him home to his family. And, Mr. Buckley, if my daughter is ever raped, I hope I have the courage to do what she did.

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