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Sycamore Row

Grisham, John (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Sycamore Row
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In this novel the author takes you back to where it all began in A Time to Kill. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial; a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history. Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row? -- From book jacket.
Authors: Grisham, John
Title: Sycamore Row
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 447 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: In this novel the author takes you back to where it all began in A Time to Kill. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial; a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history. Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row? -- From book jacket.
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ISBN: 9780385537131
0385537131
Statement of Responsibility: John Grisham
Subject Headings: Criminal defense lawyers Fiction. Inheritance and succession Fiction. Mississippi Fiction.
Genre/Form: Legal stories.
Legal stories, American.
Detective and mystery stories, American.
Suspense fiction, American
Topical Term: Criminal defense lawyers
Inheritance and succession
LCCN: 2013362251
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Nov 18, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When in doubt over what to read next, Grisham is always a good read. His writing flows so easy, the story line is always interesting, conversations & real life situations are always believable. Reliable read.

Oct 24, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a "sequel" to Grisham's first novel "Time to Kill," we return to Jake Brigance in 1988, 3 years after the trial that made him famous but left him and his family in danger. His house was torched, and the insurance hasn't come through. He's living on divorce cases. Then Seth Hubbard, who Jake doesn't know, sends him a letter and handwritten will--because of his integrity. This will cuts out his children and grandchildren, and leaves 5% of his $20 million fortune to his long-lost brother and the rest to his black maid. The lawyers for the children and grandchildren, who have hated their father, descend. A drunk colleague goes hunting the brother, and Jake supports the maid, who's been talked into hiring a slick Memphis lawyer. In the end, the brother is found, and his story of what the brothers saw as children demonstrates why Seth's left his fortune to the maid--and it's not what everyone thinks. While I read all early Grisham, I don't remember "A Time to Kill," and will go back to read it. Jake isn't perfect, but his integrity's clear.

Sep 26, 2014
  • monique_tee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a good read, it started a little slow but kept me interested. The last 2 or 3 chapters went full speed ahead. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to enjoy a nice fall evening relaxing with a good book.

Aug 23, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ballyhooed as the sequel to Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row is actually closer in plot to The Testament, where Troy Phelan's holographic will left his fortune to an unknown daughter while cutting out his other children and ex-wives.

Grisham is a great storyteller, and after writing 25 legal thrillers, has improved at the craft of writing. He drew the reader into the story's orbit almost immediately.

Aug 20, 2014
  • 601skyrise rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I still love the book despite the quick conclusion, summarized in 2pages. The court scenes are the best.

Aug 10, 2014
  • LoveChild60 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the book very much. Did not care for the ending. Despised all of Seth's "kids" except Ancil. They deserved NOTHING!

Aug 01, 2014
  • sbeck693 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good read but predictable ending

Jul 30, 2014
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As usual John Grisham has turned out a spell binder with enough twists and turns to keep one captivated. Looking forward to his next.... This will be a sequel movie to A Time to Kill

Jul 09, 2014
  • gcarolann rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

quick read: Grisham's writing and plot are back like the first novels he wrote

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