The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 2.5 MB
Score: 4
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#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 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, and committed a shocking crime.  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.


  • The Reckoning

    By bucknerman
    What a waste of money and time. Grisham needs to return to the courtroom. To read hundreds of pages describing the Bataan Death March was an insult and total fodder to beef up a book that lead to a zero conclusion. VERY DISAPPOINTED
  • The reckoning

    By gg flash
    A great work of a great writer could not put it down hope this becomes a movie
  • Slow to start

    By Yellow girlSA
    I went into this book expecting a legal drama typical of Grisham. What I found was an interesting story about a time when your skin color greatly affected your actions and those around you. That is still true today. There is a lot of background in this book, which at times seems to go on forever. However, true to Grisham, the end is shocking. Don’t give up on the lengthy chapters. It is well worth it in the end.
  • Good Read

    By Snickerdoodledo
    Intriguing story line, easy reading, but too detailed and repeat court chapters.
  • The Reckoning

    By ShortshiftMX5
    There are certain aspects of books written by Mr. Grisham that make them fun, interesting and educational. This book contains none of them. Very disappointing and pretty much a waste of time. It’ll be a very long time before I am tempted to spend money on another book by Mr. Grisham.
  • The Reckoning

    By wiggold
    It’s time for Grisham to quit resting on his laurels and take pride in his work or retire. This is a weak story and poorly written. The reader does not need another summary of the battles in the PI. Take out the history and the reader is left a with a predictable tale.
  • The Reckoning

    By SleepnSeattle
    I’m an avid reader of most genres and a JG fan since the beginning like most. He’s an excellent writer which is why we keep reading. Definitely a why verses who, as previous reviewers have stated. Liked the historical fiction as a woman from Mississippi who has ironically visited the actual locations on the other side of the world which JG focused the history on. Not a “happy-ever-after” or a “justice served”. Still a good read and a page turner.
  • Awful!

    By Rgirl2
    I simply wanted to get to the end and be done with it. Too long, wordy, and dismal.
  • Not good

    By wdc526
    First time I have ever written a review but I felt the need to not let others make the same mistake I did and actually read the book. You can take a nap from about chapter 3 until the very last 2 pages.....
  • The Reckoning

    By ptcmomo5
    Grisham’s story telling in this novel is with very little enthusiasm or color. The most interesting part is the war history, but that gets long. Interesting concept but written like a weather report. Disappointed.