A Time for Mercy - John Grisham

A Time for Mercy

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2020-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 5,136 Ratings


Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful."
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.


  • Great book

    By markteach
    One of the best books I’ve read this year! Must read. Mark
  • Good book

    By SPDLupi
    The book kept me interested until the end. The ending was anticipated. I judge a book is good when after done reading, I wonder what happened next to the characters. I wonder happening to these characters.
  • Absolutely a great read.

    By edowe02
    A fantastic read. Many of Grisham’s books are great and keep you on edge throughout. This did no disappoint. Anxiously awaiting the next publishing.
  • Mercy Denied

    By Magick666
    Not Grisham's best. Started hot, but died in a pool of slow courtroom procedure. Actual court was riveting but was way at the end and needs a sequel to complete the story arc.
  • A great read.

    By Rhinosandy III
    Always a great story teller.
  • Time for mercy

    By Jasperjetson
    Grisham is a great wordsmith and story teller but the ending was a dud. Wrap it up. Left me flat.
  • A time for mercy

    By Crdaug
    Very disappointing. I made it through 120 pages only due to my reluctance to admit I had wasted $14.00. The characters, the setting and dialogue are all boring and bland. It gets some very favorable reviews on here. I assume the writing must improve later on , but I’m not willing to stick it out. After being disappointed a couple of times by Grisham’s later works, I’m beginning to believe that his initial books were ghost written instead of the other way around.
  • Great story

    By LA PI Mike
    Very engaging and enjoyable
  • A true masterpiece

    By Mizzou_Surg
    This was an outstanding novel and I could hardly keep myself away from it. I felt a personal connection to the characters in the book and the range of emotion extending across bursting in laughter to crying tears. Wonderful book. I hope a movie comes from it.
  • Captivated

    By jeff1509
    I could stop reading, thanks Mr. G for another awesome book. If you are fan of his books you have to read this series. I will miss Jake in the courtroom.