The master of the legal thriller, Grisham returns to Clanton, Mississippi, the site of his very first novel, A Time To Kill, published in 1989. It is October 1946 and we meet Pete Banning, one of Clanton’s most famous sons, who was ‘missing, feared dead’ for three years after he surrendered to the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942... Miraculously, he survived and returned to his home a decorated war hero. However, not long after, he takes his Army-issued Colt .45, walks into the local Methodist church and coldly shoots the pastor three times, killing him instantly. Might it have something to do with his wife Liza’s nervous breakdown? No one knows, and Banning goes to trial, facing the death penalty, repeating: ‘I have nothing to say.’ Beautifully constructed, it captures the racial tensions of the Deep South and weaves a truly magical spell.