The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Book - 2018
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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
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRISHAM
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 25 cm

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mikeraffone
Dec 10, 2018

What a depressing read. I wish I had never read this book, it is such a buzz kill. Nothing redeeming about it. Grisham must have been in a very dark place to even write it. if sadness despair an melancholy is your cup a tea, go for it!

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LoveChild60
Dec 08, 2018

Initially, I wasn't sure about this novel, as I'd read other peoples comments. However, what one likes, another may not. It seems when a novel gets many negative comments, I read it anyway and generally enjoy it and give praise. The middle section had me in tears, but I enjoyed the whole book. Yea, some parts were drug out, and some were a bit boring, but, all in all, I liked it and gave it 5 stars. Happy Reading!

IndyPL_JillL Dec 06, 2018

What a miserable disappointment! The book felt so phoned in. By the end, I didn't even care. I love Grisham, but this one really let me down.

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jtcampbel47
Dec 01, 2018

Meh!!

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0007548100dmw
Nov 30, 2018

As most of the other readers, I have been a long time Grisham fan....This book, not so much. The first part and the last part of the book were very good. The middle of the book was tedious, sometimes boring and difficult to keep my mind from wandering.
General feeling: not one of his better books and I am disappointed.

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Reads_A_Lot
Nov 28, 2018

This was a long, slow read. It was written like a nonfiction book - detached and unemotional with short sentences that were more like a reporter listing of facts. Pete Banning’s crime and trial are over in the first 150 pages. He is not a likeable character and it’s hard to feel sorry for him. The next 100 some pages go back to his time in WWII. This is interesting if you’re a historical fiction fan but doesn’t have much to do with the main story. In fact after everything he went though to survive the war it seems senseless that he would come home and put himself in a death-penalty situation. The last part of the book focusing on his son was the better part of the book for me. It was a little easier to connect to him and his plight. Loved Grisham’s early books, but don’t seem to like his recent ones as much. Maybe I’ve outgrown him.
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sa124960
Nov 25, 2018

THE WAGES SIN PAYS IS DEATH. YOU MAY SAY I AM GOING TO DIE ANYWAY WHY NOT DO AS I PLEASE. THE QUESTION IS WE ARE NOT ALONE LEFT TO OUR OWN DESTINY. FREE WILL TO CHOOSE. GOD OR DEVIL? BOTH HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE( YO HAGO LO QUE ME APETECE COMMUNITY).

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matcat44
Nov 22, 2018

As as longtime reader of this author, I was very disappointed. It was depressing and at times, boring. I did a lot of scanning.

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allmyangels6
Nov 21, 2018

I eagerly waited for my copy of "The Reckoning". Boy, was I ever disappointed! The first 2/3 's of the book is slow, boring, and unexciting. The last thirds sparks a little but this is so unlike Grisham's earlier works. Finishing this book was difficult because it was so dull.

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rewulff
Nov 13, 2018

I agree with some of the reviewers that the middle section was a bit long and could have been abbreviated to fit into the overall story line better. Grisham is still a fantastic writer and story teller, with an unexpected twist at the end of this book. Parts 1 and 3 of this book would have fit better if Part 2 had been shorter and less detailed. However, I appreciate the history lesson of a part of WWII that I didn't know about. I guess MacArthur wasn't as stellar a leader as portrayed; how sad.

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Dec 01, 2018

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