The Reckoning by John Grisham

Review by Rufaro Kaviya

Pete Banning: a decorated World War II here; the patriarch of a prominent family; a farmer; a father; a neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist church. One cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. 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.” A man not afraid to die and willing to take his motive to the grave.

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