Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Date: October 2020

Duration: 19 hours 59 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is 'riveting' and 'suspenseful.'

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.
In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

Don’t miss any of John Grisham’s gripping books featuring Jake Brigance:


  • Patricia H.

    I loved this book and can only hope a movie will be made with the same characters as with A Time To Kill. I also hope there will be many more books to come from Mr. John Grisham. I love Michael Beck as Narrator, as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Kyle B.

    Great book, excellent narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessica G.

    This is one book that will keep you alert the whole time. Characters, stories, and narrator is top notch. This is one great book. I highly recommend it to everyone!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris A.

    A great sequel to a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it! John Grisham never disappoints

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    An excellent description of judicial processes and complications.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Misty W.

    This book is 15 hrs long and they don’t get into court until the last 4.5 hours. And you get left hanging with no real ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Christian B.

    I was a great listen. It kept my attention throughout. The narrator was exceptional- he brought all the characters to life. M

  • Stacey H.

    Where do I start? As a Grisham fan for years, this was far from his best work. Jake is back. The Ford County series is by far my favorite. The characters (Harry Rex is a hoot!) can be easily followed and loved. However, this particular book was awful. Jake was made out to be incompetent in some aspects. He’s not. The ending was terrible. I was not a happy camper at the very abrupt end. What happened?? Too many loose ends. And lastly, this book could have been cut down by about 6 hours. I couldn’t care less what they had for breakfast or how crispy the bacon was. Just say they ate breakfast and move along. But the narrator, Michael Beck was outstanding, as usual.

  • Barb White

    John Grisham has a way of literally pulling you into his stories. I always feel like I'm a part of his books and it brings back the culture and beauty as well as the seedy sides of Mississippi. Michael Beck did an exceptional job narrating. He should narrate all of the books with Jake Brigance in them! I love hearing all of the characters come to life through his narration! Great book!!

  • Beth F.

    Tremendously detailed yet not difficult to follow. The story line was gripping and the narrator was the best I’ve heard. Highly recommend

  • Anonymous

    Too long. stinky narrator.

  • Joseph P.

    I really enjoy John’s character Jake Bragance and all the co text he adds in these books that feature him and Clanton, MS. Fabulous.

  • Sylvia E.

    Terrific narration. Loved his Southern accents. The nuanced character accents enhanced the connection to each character. The story, as always with John Grisham, held me in rapt attention. Sorry the story ended where it did. Maybe a “Part Two”?

  • Shey P.

    I expected a little more from the ending.

  • Anonymous

    The story is good but moves slowly. Easy to skim over that if actually reading but listening to all of it got tiring and old.

  • Nancy B.

    Good Book!

  • Anonymous

    I found the narrator’s female voices very distracting- also his speech cadence was less story telling and felt more like reading the news.

  • Andy D.

    The narration was brilliant, the plot was fail-safe. The character build up was typical Grisham. However, in 1981 I had a similar case, where a 14 year old boy shot and killed his father, because he beat his mother. The state attorney didn't even lose a breath when he said no charges self defense. Still good book, good characters.

  • Jess T.

    This is an amazing book! It should be turned into a movie. Would go great with a time to kill

  • Anonymous

    Love the series can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Hannah G.

    An absolutely wonderful and suspenseful read!

  • Holly R.

    Fun listen, great characters and the narrator, for the most part is very good. His children's and woman's voices are a little strange, but you get used to it. Perhaps a little preachy from Grisham about his world view, but it's a good world view so I didn't mind.

  • Duskie M.

    Michael Beck's reading made this story come alive. He's a great interpreter of the characters. Grisham's story is a quintessential Grisham story. I never tire of his books. Thanks to author, reader, and publisher.

  • Josh P.

    Loved the story! John Grisham is a true master with words. This story was amazing from the beginning to the end. I love the characters and how they always feel like family. I even learned some lawyer banter! I also want to say; Not sure how I would like any other narrator. Beck is definitely up there with the best of all narrators.

  • James R.

    Nice to have a sort of sequel to a previous JG book; it’s like revisiting an old friend. And the end game as unpredictable as ever for Jake Briggance. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Nicole M.

    I thought this book was fantastic! The author did an excellent job at developing the characters......I would recommend this book!

  • Anonymous

    rough in the beginning but worth the read.

  • Anonymous

    We loved this Grisham book. Extremely well written. Holds the attention. We had withdrawal when it was finished. Can’t wait for more! Thank you John Grisham.

  • Lee P.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this story.

  • David S.

    The characters were so well developed that I felt their pain and cared greatly about their well-being.

  • Judy L.

    Absolutely a fantastic book.

  • Stephanie P.

    Loved this book! Grisham is so adept at developing his characters and bringing them to life that twice I had to double check to make sure the book was fiction. The narrator was incredible! Absolutely incredible. I’d read any book he narrated

  • Savannah S.

    Excellent as always. Narrator is fantastic

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