John Grisham is a gifted author in courtroom drama, although this, his first book, remains my favorite. Two men brutally rape and leave for dead a ten-year-old black girl in Mississippi. The mostly white town is shocked and then dismayed when the girl’s father guns the men down. The town is a powder keg ready to explode as a young defense attorney fights to keep the girl’s father out of prison. What would you do as the girl’s father? What would you do as a member of the jury hearing the trial? Legal drama at its very best.