A Time to Kill - John Grisham

A Time to Kill

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 1993-10-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,077 Ratings)


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The master of the legal thriller probes the savage depths of racial violence in this searing courtroom drama featuring the beloved Jake Brigance.

“John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

The life of a ten-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless white men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime—until the girl’s father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life—and then his own.

Don’t miss any of John Grisham’s gripping Jake Brigance novels:


  • Awesome read

    By Gladys CPA
    Loved it
  • A Time To Kill

    By hanshh26
    A must read. Follow the stories till the end, it won’t disappoint. It’s definetely worth the time.
  • Great to read Grisham’s first

    By deanteam08
    I’m a late arrival to Grisham’s literature but so happy I’ve picked it up. Fun to go back to his very first book and it’s honestly a shock this didn’t have immediate success. For a legal thriller, it asks a simple question that leads to complex answers. Parts made my jaw drop and other parts made me laugh out loud. Great read!
  • Excellent

    By KianaSamone
    Sad to say they went through so much in the Deep South, The hatred for African Americans was astronomical. It broke my heart in many ways reading this book but it was so good I could not stop reading ! I would’ve done the same thing Carl Lee did and would’ve welcomed the circumstances no matter what! Thankful he had a lawyer like Jake awesome character ! Great Read, a great purchase! Would definitely read over and over!
  • A Time to Kill

    By Waynerogers6oh6
    This was an ABSOLUTE page turner. It did NOT disappoint
  • Love

    By Swooof
    I read this book a long time ago and decided to read it again. I remember liking it, but didn’t remember any of the details except for the beginning. The rest was like reading it for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again. I loved the characters, I loved the story. Disturbing, scary, filled with love, hatred, bigotry and family loyalty. Fiction storytelling at its best, in my opinion. Glad to rate this 5 stars!
  • John Grisham

    By okpopsicle52
    As of right now I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Mr Grisham books within the last year or so because of a lot of tragedies in my life. But him and James Patterson are my favorite authors so I have no doubt that these books will be just as good and inviting as everything else they have written. Can't wait to get caught up. Respectfully Yours, Mary
  • Great read

    By Lil' Ruckus
    Great read! Awesome suspenseful and thrilling. Make sure you read before the movie, as always the book is better but both are a must!
  • A Time To Kill

    By Joseph Rauch
    I am glad I found this Novel. It was an excellent read! It kept me wanting more and more, from the office to the train, I couldn't get enough. Jake Brigance was by far the best character In this book with Lucian. I am impressed with the author. Good job!
  • A time to kill

    By unclekev *1
    A very good book I wish it was longer.