A Time for Mercy

A Time for Mercy

Book - 2020
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Jake Brigance returns as the court-appointed lawyer for Drew Gamble, a young man accused of murdering a local deputy. Once he learns the details of the case, Brigance realizes he has to do everything he can to save Drew - who is sixteen. Jake's commitment to the truth puts his career and the safety of his family at risk.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780385545969
Characteristics: 464 pages ;,25 cm.


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Nov 30, 2020

Jake Brigance is back and better than ever. The drama in this third Brigance installment is right on par with the first one. I could not help seeing Matthew McConaughey in my mind's eye as I read this book. The case is complicated. The town is once again in an uproar and Jake has become the least popular guy on Clanton, MI square. There are some very difficult life situations to consider in this book and many a book group will find this to be a substantial choice for consideration. When is capital punishment appropriate? Can the victim be put on trial as part of the defense? Should a 16-year-old be sent to death row? When a man's public life and private life are polar opposite, why do those closest have to bear the price? Above it all is the principal of "innocent until proven guilty." When that flies out the window, it is indeed a time for mercy. And we need another Jake book -- sooner than later, please.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Nov 23, 2020

One of Grisham's best, in my humble opinion. Like many people have stated, it appears he's set Jake Brigance up to be in another novel. I'm okay with that - I like Jake, and want to know what happens next!

As usual, good character development - you really get to know and like (or hate) them.

Nov 23, 2020

Classic Grisham, indeed a return to one of his earliest and best little-lawyer-against-all-odds series, and a tale full of questions about morality and the difficulty of finding and defending real justice.

Nov 22, 2020

Another great book by a great author. Wonderful courtroom descriptions and fully involves the reader in what goes on behind the scenes.

Nov 21, 2020

The third Jake Brigance novel following A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row, A Time for Mercy is a MUST READ!!! Hoping we won't have to wait too long for a fourth in The Jake Brigance series!

Nov 16, 2020

This was so thought provoking, page turner, absolutely loved
Need a sequel

Nov 12, 2020

One of the best of his last few books I think. At times, it seems he writes something over a couple of weeks to fulfill an obligation to his publisher and his contract but to me, it felt like he actually spent some time on this one. Thought the courtroom scenes, when they finally got there, were really good. But, you know, in the end, lots of things were not really ended, so yes, maybe he is preparing for a 4th in the Jake Brigance series. However, I thought the same thing about Gray Mountain a few years ago, and thus far, nothing.

Nov 10, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am so happy to be off the island and reading a story about real people and a working lawyer trying to take care of his defendant and his family.

Nov 08, 2020

Not bad. The way it ended one had the feeling that all of this was prelude to another book.

Nov 06, 2020

Grisham never fails to tug at the heart strings and "A time for Mercy" is no exception. As always, Jake Brigance is stuck defending a poor young 16 year old boy who has no means of payment. Drew is accused of capital murder - a cop no less. Jake takes on the case and while I started out rooting for the client, as the case progressed and Jake began paying the price of his defense I felt for him and prayed ardently that he would come out unscathed. In addition to Drew's case their is another important case - the Smallwood trial whose fate is in the balance and also we are wondering if there will be an addition to the Brigance's family. Grisham does not to disappoint even when the ending is not a neatly wrapped conclusion.

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