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Unformatted text preview: Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html THE LAST JUROR BY JOHN GRISHAM DOUBLEDAY New York London Toronto Sydney Auckland In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers,The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a twenty-three-year-old college dropout named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison. But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began. Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY a division of Random House, Inc. DOUBLEDAY and the portrayal of an anchor with a dolphin are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Book design by Maria Carella This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file with the Library of Congress. ISBN 0-385-51043-8 Copyright © 2004 by Belfry Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA [March 2004] First Edition 13579 10 8642 PART ONE Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html Chapter One After decades of patient mismanagement and loving neglect,The Ford County Times went bankrup...
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