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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Last Juror by John Grisham - Some Thoughts

     I was waiting for my mother-in-law's game of Kings in the Corner to finish up so that we could visit for a bit at the assisted living home where she resides. I picked a copy of The Last Juror from the bookshelf to absorb the wait time, and I was hooked. While it is not a book that would fall into the Christian Fiction genre, Callie Ruffin and a cast of secondary characters give voice to their faith as they minister to Willie Traynor, the young owner, publisher and writer for The Ford County Times. While sinful behavior occurs, Grisham abstains from writing explicit sex scenes. Bad language is existent, but tempered, and is used to establish character and circumstance, not merely for the gratification of using it or the shock value.
     I spent my middle and high school years in the south in the seventies. The setting, the historical events, the southern mindset, they were all very familiar. The book is a page turner that kept me from getting lots of more important things done. I recommend this book to mystery lovers, especially to the baby boomers who fall among that group.