The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 5,006 Ratings)


#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.


  • Disappointing

    By wishihadmoretimetoread
    I am a HUGE fan. It started out good, lagged big time through the middle. And ended, ok. I will be more cautious before buying next Grisham book.
  • F***ing Brilliant

    By Alexscott88
    The story is grabbing and nerve rattling. Every page a roller coaster of emotions leaving you in the edge of your seat. So wonderfully written. John Grisham for president.
  • The Reckoning

    By Ricecho
    Absolutely the most riveting, spellbinding book John Grisham has ever written. This is historical fiction at its VERY FINEST!!! I read some very negative reviews before I bought this book, some people wanting a refund, very disappointed with the ending. Real life doesn’t always end well, so write your own novel if you can do better. I’d never let a bad review stop me from reading one of Grisham’s novels. I’ve read them all, I’ll continue to read anything he writes. My father was captured in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944, and remained in German POW camps until his liberation in April 1945. As a little girl, I listened to his stories wide-eyed. He never berated his captors; the Germans knew the war in Europe was over, and they were starving too. Some even gave their overcoats to American prisoners who were freezing. In this book, I was equally enamored reading about the Bataan Death March. My mouth was open, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I wanted more. The Germans did nothing to torture my father or his fellow prisoners like the Japanese tortured theirs, and I am very thankful my Dad came home basically unscathed. He’s still with us now at 97 years old. Thank you, Mr. Grisham, for allowing me to see, hear, and feel what it was like for those men who actually marched, many to their deaths, so that I can live free in this God-anointed land we call America. Waiting anxiously for your next novel!
  • The reckoning

    By ArclightNite
    Not his best
  • What went wrong

    By Doug Kinney
    I bought the book despite the poor reviews. As it turns out, I agree with all the reviews – they were accurate.
  • Not his best work...

    By AlCain55
    Wasn’t sure where this story was going, and the ending just confirmed my thoughts. The story has its moments, but just never hit its stride.
  • Total snooze fest

    By Evilang
    I usually love John Grisham. This book a long winded snooze fest It went on and on with extra fluff. Terrible
  • The Eckoning

    By otott-san
    Somewhat disjointed at times and hard to follow. Not one of the better Grisham stories and I’ve read most all of his novels. Still an interesting read; I just didn’t like the ending.
  • The Reckoning

    By Volunteer Dave
    Great great read. Lots of information about the war times kind of bogged me down, but otherwise I love this book. It was a different type approach taken by a great writer. Can’t wait to read the next John Grisham book. David.
  • You think you know, but......

    By #bacook05
    Mr. Grisham artfully juggles his story so even avid readers stay a bit confused about where the plot is going. His depiction of life in rural Mississippi is spot on for those of us who were raised there and the war experiences described are so realistic I had to remind myself this is not a biography. I gave this one four stars because I found the lawyers less brilliant than other Grisham characters, but I still heartily recommend it as a great read.