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The Reckoning

A Novel

John Grisham’s The Reckoning is the master storyteller’s most powerful, surprising, and accomplished novel yet

 

“John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in 
The Reckoning—an original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet.”

—David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

 

 
October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi


Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder weren’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

            In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him.

            Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling,
The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.
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"The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern-family saga...Grisham does so much more this time around."
-Associated Press

"John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoning-an original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet."
-David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

"John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang - and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be."
-Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

"In this saga of love and war, John Grisham has given us a sprawling and engrossing story about a southern family, a global conflict, and the kinds of secrets that can shape all of us. From the courtrooms and jails of rural Mississippi to the war-torn Pacific, Grisham spins a tale that is at once entertaining and illuminating."
-Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of America

"When a master of storytelling and suspense takes on one of the most wrenching stories in history, the result is a book that will break your heart, set your blood pumping and your mind racing, and leave you gasping for breath by the final page. I'm still trying to recover from The Reckoning."
-Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic
Portrait
Am 8.Februar 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas geboren, wuchs John Grisham zusammen mit seinen vier Geschwistern in einfachen Verhältnissen auf. Der Autor studierte Rechtswissenschaften an der Universität von Mississippi. Nachdem sein Jurastudium erfolgreich abgeschlossen war, praktizierte er lange Zeit als Anwalt für Strafverteidigung und Körperverletzung. Als Kandidat der Demokratischen Partei wurde John Grisham 1983 in das Parlament des Staates Mississippi gewählt.

Seinen Durchbruch hatte Grisham 1988 mit "Die Jury". Basis für die Geschichte ist einer seiner Fälle. Schnell kam John Grisham mit seinen weiteren Romanen auf die Plätze der Bestsellerlisten und hält sich kontinuierlich dort. 1991 legte er seine politischen Ämter sowie seinen Beruf als Anwalt nieder. Neben Justizthrillern schreibt John Grisham auch Sachbücher und Jugendromane. Seine Bücher wurden in 38 Sprachen übersetzt.
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    On a cold morning in early October of 1946, Pete Banning awoke before sunrise and had no thoughts of going back to sleep. For a long time he lay in the center of his bed, stared at the dark ceiling, and asked himself for the thousandth time if he had the courage. Finally, as the first trace of dawn peeked through a window, he accepted the solemn reality that it was time for the killing. The need for it had become so overwhelming that he could not continue with his daily routines. He could not remain the man he was until the deed was done. Its planning was simple, yet difficult to imagine. Its aftershocks would rattle on for decades and change the lives of those he loved and many of those he didn't. Its notoriety would create a legend, though he certainly wanted no fame. Indeed, as was his nature, he wished to avoid the attention, but that would not be possible. He had no choice. The truth had slowly been revealed, and once he had the full grasp of it, the killing became as inevitable as the sunrise.
    He dressed slowly, as always, his war‑wounded legs stiff and painful from the night, and made his way through the dark house to the kitchen, where he turned on a dim light and brewed his coffee. As it percolated, he stood ramrod straight beside the breakfast table, clasped his hands behind his head, and gently bent both knees. He grimaced as pain radiated from his hips to his ankles, but he held the squat for ten seconds. He relaxed, did it again and again, each time sinking lower. There were metal rods in his left leg and shrapnel in his right.
    Pete poured coffee, added milk and sugar, and walked outside onto the back porch, where he stood at the steps and looked across his land. The sun was breaking in the east and a yellowish light cast itself across the sea of white. The fields were thick and heavy with cotton that looked like fallen snow, and on any other day Pete would manage a smile at what would certainly be a bumper crop. But there would be no smiles on this day; only tears, and lots of them. To avoid the killing, though, would be an act of cowardice, a notion unknown to his being. He sipped his coffee and admired his land and was comforted by its security. Below the blanket of white was a layer of rich black topsoil that had been owned by Bannings for over a hundred years. Those in power would take him away and would probably execute him, but his land would endure forever and support his family.
    Mack, his bluetick hound, awoke from his slumber and joined him on the porch. Pete spoke to him and rubbed his head.
    The cotton was bursting in the bolls and straining to be picked, and before long teams of field hands would load into wagons for the ride to the far acres. As a boy, Pete rode in the wagon with the Negroes and pulled a cotton sack twelve hours a day. The Bannings were farmers and landowners, but they were workers, not gentrified planters with decadent lives made possible by the sweat of others.
    He sipped his coffee and watched the fallen snow grow whiter as the sky brightened. In the distance, beyond the cattle barn and the chicken coop, he heard the voices of the Negroes as they were gathering at the tractor shed for another long day. They were men and women he had known his entire life, dirt‑poor field hands whose ancestors had toiled the same land for a century. What would happen to them after the killing? Nothing, really. They had survived with little and knew nothing else. Tomorrow, they would gather in stunned silence at the same time in the same place, and whisper over the fire, then head to the fields, worried, no doubt, but also eager to pursue their labors and collect their wages. The harvest would go on, undisturbed and abundant.
    He finished his coffee, placed the cup on a porch rail, and lit a cigarette. He thought of his children. Joel was a senior at Vanderbilt and Stella was in her second year at Hollins, and he was
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 432
Erscheinungsdatum 23.10.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-385-54415-3
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 24,1/15,6/4,3 cm
Gewicht 742 g
Verkaufsrang 31505
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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Tübingen am 26.04.2019
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Although you know, from the very beginning on, who died, how he died, who did that, and although there is no difficult struggling of the police to get hold of him, he's just wating for the police to be fetched, you need to go on reading. Currently I've only reached page 111 from 1001, and I think I know everything about the s... Although you know, from the very beginning on, who died, how he died, who did that, and although there is no difficult struggling of the police to get hold of him, he's just wating for the police to be fetched, you need to go on reading. Currently I've only reached page 111 from 1001, and I think I know everything about the situation, but anyway I need to go on as more and more options appear, how the story might end. To turn a detective story inside out, excellent!