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    Sam Cayhall is to be tried for the third time for the murders of two young men who were killed when he allegedly bombed their father's law office. The first two trials resulted in a hung jury. He stays there for years to come until his grandson tries to get him off of death row.This time, twelve years after the event, the prosecution feels more confident. The jury is not all white.   
    Cayhall was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the time and place were the south in the days where racism was rife. Adam Hall is a young lawyer working for the firm that acts for Cayhall. He asks for the case and, bleak as the outlook seems, does his best for his client. He brings with him some family secrets. He is Cayhall's grandson. Grisham as usual presents his readers with a dilemma, time is running out for Cayhall and he is heading for the gas chamber.
    So, apart from the touchy subject of racism, is the even more controversial one of capital punishment. He tries also to have this old arrogant man showing his feelings and admitting his own and others' responsibilities for racist crimes committed in the eleven years ago.

The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Jacobson



Sam Cayhall is to be tried for the third time for the murders of two young men who were killed when he allegedly bombed their father's law office. The first two trials resulted in a hung jury. This time, twelve years after the event, the prosecution feels more confident. The jury is not all white.   Cayhall was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the time and place were the south in the days where racism was rife. Adam Hall is a young lawyer working for the firm that acts for Cayhall. He asks for the case and, bleak as the outlook seems, does his best for his client. He brings with him some family secrets. He is Cayhall's grandson. Grisham as usual presents his readers with a dilemma, time is running out for Cayhall and he is heading for the gas chamber. So, apart from the touchy subject of racism, is the even more controversial one of capital punishment.
The review of this Book prepared by Penny



A young lawyer who tries his best to save his grandfather, who's on death row with an execution date pending. He tries also to have this old arrogant man showing his feelings and admitting his own and others' responsibilities for racist crimes committed in the Ku Klux Klan years.
The review of this Book prepared by Katy



Sam Cayhall kills a lawyer's two boys and goes on death row. He stays there for years to come until his grandson tries to get him off of death row.
The review of this Book prepared by Amarjot Biring



Sarah on 10/10/2014 5:49:27 AM says: @ Doreen Varner: they are not killed: what is coming their way is a mechanical digger, they are standing next to the spot where Sam Cayhall will be barried. The grave has to be dug.

Doreen Varner on 3/18/2014 2:42:22 PM says: I and others are trying to figure out the ending the author intended to convey. Were the persons in the graveyard killed, or what. This was not a typical Grisham ending. Hard to figure. I can't get the answer from other readers as they don't know eeither!






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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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