A Time to Kill by John Grisham, is a superb legal thriller about racism, murder and revenge.
Story begins with horror when a ten-year-old black girl is brutally raped by two white males and the girl's father, Carl Lee Hailey, decides that the only justice these two rednecks should receive is death. He takes the law into his own hands. The Hailey case quickly receives national attention as Carl Lee could now be facing the death penalty. A white lawyer, Jake Brigance, takes Hailey's case, which makes for an exciting, suspenseful story. At trial, Jake says that anyone with a daughter would kill the person that raped her. Carl Lee and Jake use an insanity defense. The case goes to the jury. Through gunfire and bombs, rallies and riots, the novel also contains a certain amount of sentiment and feeling.
The best thing about A Time To Kill is the way that Grisham relays what each character is thinking. Many novels you may read talks about the facts of discrimination and racism, but this novel does that in much more exciting and interesting way.
Also, Movie is also very good and done justice to the book.