A Time To Kill was the first book to be released by John Grisham.
The inspiration for the novel came after hearing the story of a pre-teenage rape victim, with Grisham wondering what would have happened had the father killed the perpetrators.
The book was turned down by many different publishers before one – Wynwood Press – decided to take a chance on him and printed 5,000 copies.
It wasn’t an instant hit, but A Time To Kill grew in popularity after some of his subsequent novels ended up becoming bestsellers. It’s since been made into a movie and play.
The book was first published on June 28, 1989 and is the first story in the Jake Brigance series.
A Time To Kill Book Description
The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime.
Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life – and then his own.