The Reckoning

#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.

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Team Cricket

TOO LONG1 star

Well that's 1 week of my life I'll never get back. Wretchedly long winded. 15


The Reckoning5 star

I could not put this down. From the minute I picked it up to the minute I finished it. 2 days. The plot is amazing, the characters rich and luminous. Passion, ethics, history and everyday people woven into a tapestry of life and sorrow. Bravo to the author. 55


The Reckoning - John Grisham3 star

A hanger-on to the last. However, I got a little lost in the finale of the truth finally being told. The marriage of the pastor’s widow as well as the engagement between Joel and Mary were not developed in more detail. Overall, an magnetic account of the death march and guerrilla warfare. 35


The Reckoning2 star

Forced myself to finish the book and expected a better end. Historically accurate though . 25


Painfully long2 star

A disjointed and painfully long book. Disappointing for a John Grisham novel. 25


The Reconning1 star

Just a terrible read. Story put together poorly, outcome predictable and mostly filler from start to finish. 15


Great novel4 star

Great read 45

Bob 19333

Really good book!😛5 star

Really good book!🤪 55

Spartan Lit Reader

The Reckoning2 star

Despite this novel’s strong opening with a compelling plot and interesting characters, the story line collapses with an abundance of irrelevant information. The most disappointing Grisham novel to date. 25


Worth the read4 star

Good 45

Quixote Kid

Dissatisfaction and disappointment1 star

Not a bad story, but would have been much better told as a short story. Drags on and on and I had to force myself to finish the book. I think JG might finally have run out of good books to write, which is too bad because I really enjoy most of his books, but the last few have been extremely disappointing. 15


Gritty and pessimistic2 star

This was a tough read. It was disturbing on several levels, including a deep pessimism. I am no stranger to hard facts of life, but after reading the end of this book I felt dreadful. 25

pauls jorney

Bless me father...for I digress5 star

We were made from dust in to flesh and bone, our saviour mindfull of this took our form, so as to empathize fully with us and we in turn to do so with him. It doesn't mean we become him, it does however mean we become a little more like be God and take the form of a sacrifical lamb is to most people a case of not getting it. When people fall in love with wealth they really believe god comiserates with them in this idolatry. the God of glory values obedience sacrifice and abject humility. It i not getting it right has to do with taking things at face value or the corrupt and fallen world's standards? It is shiny and golden .... is it not good? No... and not because it's obvious? Or to express the problem in another scenario. For some reason after the French revolution the people felt empty without the church they rejected, no matter, the leaders thought, we will fill them with hope happiness and love by others opinions of them in the identity given them by there careers or work .and how they present themselves through good manmers. In other words" slaves to the society" and it's values. The problem is, it's not immediately apparent why this is wrong.......... It seemed, seemed to work?look at Japan.....however, God is not fooled, a lot of French angst is the weariness of the masquerade. In Japan when they have a lapse in the feel goods of others opinions they haven't answers and suffer deep depression. any teenagers fall into a funk over the shallow horizontal view of there society. , many beautifull Japanese weoman stare longingly at gold fish all day Hoping if by magic they may become one. You see how i digress. But they and the values of a fallen society are real. Young people are suffering such things! To give life and identity that enlivens you must go deep inside to the soul. Most people have never listened to it....if they did the would see that it is deeply unhappy about being a slave to things that can't satsfy it. It is aware when something is false and only longs for God or Jesus. People believe that God will overlook these errors, he is not a man, these errors will have massive consequences. The time will come when man will have to be before God alone, the.neglect of the soul, the lazy and unresponsive response to seek God will be addressed. Simply put they refuse to share his way of looking at things. Pride in life seems good,but have you ever noticed it's also a great irritant to others around you. The worst thing about it is it is not abated with age .Paul exhorts Christian's to go out to the garbage dump of Calvary and join Jesus in his shame. Wow.... Or ...Whaaat? The real secret and getting it, is to have the humility...... And faith that God appreciates...why something to show God you believe in him and ask a rabbai or a priest about the story of Isaiah the greatest prophet for reasons that related to the ancient Jews ensuing captivity and donmination by foreign nations the fearless man was impelled by God to be naked publically for three years.!!!!!it took faith to do so and faith is what god sees and apreciates I assure you he does and will rewaard it. many people don't believe he is real because he can only be know by faith, we cannot see him he must not exist ....until they really realize the horizontal super ego of society refuses to let the vertical or invisible nob on the TV be seen? John Bunyan "pilgrims progress" portrayed a man with a muck or manure rake looking down at his odious work while all the while God or Christ is impelling him to look up to him for help for comfort for at the very least something new.!!!!!This can only be realized in someone by God's intervention if u listen to me though IAM zealous the knowledge of this reality only comes from the holy spirit. Jesus describes this as a wind sent from god. My back ground is literary...unfortunately.... However , I hope jesus can use it? Again I digress. Think and act and strive for the way of Christ...not the way of the fallen world! All well that ends well..people living for the here and now take absolutely no heedbto anything Jesus said.... When they are in eternity moment after mentioned it will occur to them how foolish they were but it will be too late Our final estate is contingeant on our striving to do this. christians on universities sharing the gospel are mocked and viewed as fools. Once when Evangelizing and querying students to see if they would like to study Bible I received rejection after regection in my shame and umhappniess two long haired and big eared teachers assitants found this there reason for living and gloated? Later in the day they were collecting money for lessons from a professor. (They are unabashed about being economically refreshed at the students expense) and the teachers assistants we're his ,minions in the shamefull fleeecing . i smiled and waited till they saw me....... i must confess I was triumphant .....but refrained from saying " winniing" . They gloated as I served God and I rejoiced as they served mammon. forgive this weaksinner, but it did happen. The promise of the one slain for our sins makes the shame worthwhile also tbeing allowed to be in his presence in his father's house forever, God sees when man cant, so in regard to there opinion it is incorrect,so with all due respect...again, a sound bite or tool in terminology of the maquerade?... Who cares? Love is worth it! as always peace love salvatio our ressurection in the one we seek toto emulate...Jesus. Bless you for reading this IAM not ashamed of him. it is important to be respectful to the author and his staff? I'm sure my master is happy that my way and time is slightly inaproriate but they I'm sure are not . It is after all a business sight ,albeit a primarily economic and literary one.....please as one writer to another see the vertical knob in your own way and be happy living in the house of the Lord forever, thank Jesus, not the world. 55


Best Grisham Yet5 star

I have been a reader of John Grisham since “The Firm” years ago. This one is absolutely at the top of my list. It is a complex story with three distinct parts; interwoven with great detail and a very accurate historical rendering of the horrors of WWII, and the Japanese atrocities inflicted on the American POWs. It is a story of family unity, high principles, and a character who is hardened by the war. Pete Banning is a man who is a hero I every way, and you will find it a compelling tale that is going to keep you reading far into the night. 55


Not a courtroom drama3 star

When I found this book, I was looking for a good courtroom novel. However, this book had almost none of it. It just reads like a great soap opera. 35


The Reckoning5 star

One of the best books I've ever read. You will definitely cry. And younger people will have a new appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. 55


The Reckoning1 star

I was really into this book...Grisham, as always, does an amazing job with characterization, complication and all the wonderful details that support. I kept believing that with every page I turned I was getting closer to an amazing climax / end to the that I could never imagine. Imagine my surprise (think loud “thud”) when the ending was amazingly mundane and predictable beyond belief. I stayed up late several nights to read this book. I’d like all of my zzzz’s back Mr. Grisham. Oh, and at least half of my $14.99 while you are at it. On a positive note...I loved “A Painted House”. The book. Never saw the movie. 15

de coche

Thought it had legs....1 star

Really wanted this to be a good book and it started so well. Less than halfway through and it became random tangents and got darker and darker. Actually thought I wouldn’t finish it but I did and did not come close to enjoying the left field ending. 15


The Reckoning5 star

I’ve read every book John Grisham has written. This is by far, the best. I could not put it down ! 55


Waste of money1 star

This was one of the most tedious books ever! Absolutely painful to finish. On and on and on about nothing that had to do with the story. John Grisham I want my money back! 15

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