The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
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Score: 4
From 4,155 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.



    By Team Cricket
    Well that's 1 week of my life I'll never get back. Wretchedly long winded.
  • The Reckoning

    By spottedpig
    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.
  • The Reckoning - John Grisham

    By EarthWatch_2000
    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.
  • The Reckoning

    By agmjfour
    Forced myself to finish the book and expected a better end. Historically accurate though .
  • Painfully long

    By handym04
    A disjointed and painfully long book. Disappointing for a John Grisham novel.
  • The Reconning

    By rnoldlar
    Just a terrible read. Story put together poorly, outcome predictable and mostly filler from start to finish.
  • Great novel

    By Rawdyra
    Great read
  • Really good book!😛

    By Bob 19333
    Really good book!🤪
  • The Reckoning

    By Spartan Lit Reader
    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.
  • Worth the read

    By R2bbarnes