Gr­isham’s skills at their best

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The Reck­on­ing By John Gr­isham, Ha­chette, $37.99 .. .. .. .. .. ..

John Gr­isham never fails to de­liver and The Reck­on­ing is a safe buy for yours or a friend’s sum­mer hol­i­day read­ing. This isn’t a typ­i­cal Gr­isham le­gal based thriller as such, but it’s a rivet­ing read based in small-town Clan­ton, Mis­sis­sippi.

Pete Ban­ning had been Clan­ton’s favourite son, un­til now. His his­tory in­cludes a home­com­ing after a war hero ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s now the pa­tri­arch of a prom­i­nent and long serv­ing lo­cal fam­ily, a farmer, fa­ther, neigh­bour, and a faith­ful mem­ber of the Methodist church.

But, one morn­ing in Oc­to­ber 1946 Pete rises early and drives to town. He then walks to his lo­cal church and ex­e­cutes the Rev­erend Dex­ter Bell. What fol­lows is equally chal­leng­ing as Pete re­fuses to dis­cuss his crime, re­peat­edly say­ing “I have noth­ing to say”.

The im­pact on the Clan­ton com­mu­nity is im­mense. His chil­dren re­turn home from col­lege to see what they can do to help. His friends coun­sel Pete to ex­plain why he did what he did.

It’s a vex­ing sit­u­a­tion for all con­cerned. Ford County has never known such a crime, and Pete Ban­ning’s trial is likely to re­sult in a date with the elec­tric chair. I found The Reck­on­ing a very sat­is­fy­ing read, with John Gr­isham one again rais­ing his sto­ry­telling skills to a new level.

— Tony Nielsen

I Am Foot­ball by Mats Ols­son, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic´ Pen­guin, $60LA Galaxy for­ward Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic cel­e­brates a goal.

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