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Book review: In ‘Time for Mercy,’ John Grisham continues the tale he started 31 years ago

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‘A Time for Mercy’ by John Grisham, Doubleday, 2020, 464 pages, $29.95

John Grisham continues the tale of one of his best-known characters in his latest work, “A Time for Mercy.”

It has been 31 years since Grisham’s shattering first novel “A Time to Kill” and Jake Brigance’s triumph defending Carl Lee Hailey, the Black man accused of murdering the white men who attacked his young daughter in a sleepy Mississippi town. Not only does this new novel have a title that echoes that of “A Time to Kill,” it also toughens the author’s look at Jake Brigance.