The state of Mississippi shelters that sort of black legend of the civilized United States. AND John Grisham He has it in his sights to peer into the deepest contradictions between the supposed liberal morality of the West and the still reactionary strongholds such as this southern state of peculiar idiosyncrasy and strange miscegenation.
To revisit Clanton (not the real and next town of Alabama but the one replicated by this author) is to inhabit a space loaded with stridency in conflicting moral patterns that in the time of the novel, the nineties, were still more potent.
But as in other fictionalized occasions in Clanton or in any Grisham setting, the matter ends up becoming a magisterial class in the judicial field, even in its ethical part. And so the matter points to sociological significance, to the analysis of the limits of the legal, the moral and the controversy over when the most natural right is above all law.
Deputy Sheriff Stuart Kofer considers himself untouchable. Although, when he drinks more than necessary, something quite common, he pours his fits of anger on his girlfriend, Josie, and her teenage children, the police code of silence has always protected him.
But one night, after beating Josie unconscious on the ground, her son Drew knows he only has one option to save his family. He picks up a gun and decides to take justice into his own hands.
In Clanton, there is nothing that raises more hatred than a cop killer… except, perhaps, your lawyer. Jake Brigance doesn't want to take on this impossible case, but he's the only one with enough experience to defend the boy.
And when the trial begins, it seems there is only one outcome on the horizon for Drew: the gas chamber. But, as the City of Clanton discovers once again, when Jake Brigance takes on an impossible case… anything is possible.
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