The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,085 Ratings


#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  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." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.


  • Enjoyed it

    By TomDorII
    Living on Amelia Island I enjoy and have read all your books Can’t wait to see the “ an Innocent Man “ starting on Netflix Ron Tomlinson ex-brother in law is in Allentown State Prison for murdering a Truck Driver. Claims to also be an innocent man. It’s quite a story.
  • Terrible

    By Lucabrasi2
    I’ve read all Grisham’s books. I was patient through the last couple. This is it. I’m done. No more! Jack
  • Predictable but satisfying

    By Tocmor
    I read a review of this book which complained it was “boring.” The reviewer must be completely insensitive to the inhuman horrors inflicted on American servicemen by the Japanese in Bataan and elsewhere. I found the well researched history fascinating with the central story somewhat predictable but interesting.
  • The Reckoning

    By Gioualot
    I do not read a lot, but this book had me hooked until the end.
  • Honestly a let down

    By That Aggie Addison
    The story was so incredible until the last 25 pages. The build up is amazing and as I read with the inability to put it down I get to the end to be completely disappointed. Not John’s best work.
  • The Reckoning

    By Scrappin ally
    Very slow moving novel. I put it down many times but would force myself to read to the end. I expected much more from John Grisham. I’ve read all his books and enjoyed the story lines. This was sad from beginning to end. The demise of a family. Would never recommend this to any one.
  • The Big Surprise Ending

    By Stinky9127
    The big ending was a huge letdown and the war stories were unnecessary.
  • The Reckoning

    By Birdyman13
    I read all of John Grisham's books and I'm surprised to say this is one of his best. The second part (of three) was the best but you still couldn't wait to get to the end.
  • Dissatisfaction and disappointment

    By Quixote Kid
    Not a bad story, but would have been much better told as a short story. Drags on and on and I had to force myself to finish the book. I think JG might finally have run out of good books to write, which is too bad because I really enjoy most of his books, but the last few have been extremely disappointing.
  • Gritty and pessimistic

    By digitalreads
    This was a tough read. It was disturbing on several levels, including a deep pessimism. I am no stranger to hard facts of life, but after reading the end of this book I felt dreadful.