Juror No. 3 opening line: Balancing a tray loaded with dirty glassware, Darrien Summers dodged the masked men and women in evening dress as he made his way through the dining room.
There will always be racism, and bigotry in the South and Mississippi is amongst the worst of them. Especially in small towns where everyone knows everyone. Can Ruby, who has only recently been accepted to the Bar, get her client off? He has been charged with murder and not because there was any evidence. But because he is Black and the murder victim was White. Ruby has her own challenges to face. From the wrong side of the tracks, she has to prove herself to the people in the town, and to her clients.
Juror No. 3
Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar – and she faces an impossible task defending a college football star accused of murder.The victim is a young woman from one of the town’s oldest families, and Rosedale’s upper crust are howling for blood.Then news breaks of a second murder, and lurid, intertwining investigations unfold.Ruby discovers that no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women on the jury.They may be hiding the biggest secret of all.
I could not understand the title of the novel when less than half way through, juror number 3 had played his part. But, it was the second jury, and the second juror number 3 that made this title make sense. A really good, easy read.