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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: 0385537131
9780385537131
Statement of Responsibility: John Grisham
Subject Headings: Mississippi Fiction. Inheritance and succession Fiction. Criminal defense lawyers Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction, American
Detective and mystery stories, American.
Legal stories, American.
Legal stories.
Topical Term: Inheritance and succession
Criminal defense lawyers
LCCN: 2013362251
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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

Jun 19, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is my first "Grisham" book, Pulls you in from the beginning!
I will have to read "A time to kill' next

May 04, 2014
  • esk1033 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

John Grisham is master of the legal spin. Excellent storyline with interesting characters.

Apr 22, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Jake Brigance, Grisham's popular lawyer, returns, this time at the centre of a will controversy one knows to read the book. The author does not disappoint though there is less of the fierce courtroom drama that one expects from this lawyer. The plot revolves around the contested will of a suicide death where most of the estate is willed as a surprise. The ending is a little bit of too much coming together rather hurriedly but is quite satisfactory. This may be a civil case but the lawyers are far from civil to one another! All in all a great read.

This seems interesting

Apr 03, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Another will, and contested estate. This book, while up to the writing standards that Grisham has set, does not have a strong story line. I am tired of contested wills and estates from this author - though he has found many ways to twist a will.

Apr 03, 2014
  • ravishri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A pretty good book. This is my first Grisham book and I was happy to have read it. I will not mention actual events from the story to not ruin the book for anyone but will share my take on the writing style, the way the story unfolds, etc.
I like the way the author keeps the story grounded in reality given the circumstances, the time when the story happened and the general setup. Also, really liked the ending. I am no lawyer but I assume that would be the way a case like this is eventually resolved. this is not a thriller novel to keep you glued to every page but is a good story nonetheless.
The writing is great.

Cons: no major cons here but I will list 2 things worth mentioning:
1. The underying suspense of the story is to figure out why the dead person do something so unconventional with his estate... dont worry this is basically where the story starts so I am not ruining anything for you ... anyway, I feel that the whole hassle could have been avoided if the dead person had just mentioned the reason in his will to begin with.. It is so obvious that it is hard to believe that he did not think of it.
2. If I have to nitpick I would say that the way the author tries to establish an image of the characters (via behavioral description, not physical) is based a bit on stereotypical behavioral characteristics - to me this part seems slightly amateurish.

Overall, I would recommend this book.

Mar 02, 2014
  • nannerl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent page-turner, a delicious read.

Mar 01, 2014
  • nickingram rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another well told legal page turner. If Grisham had gone for a less sanguine resolution, I would have loved it more. Still it was better entertainment than could bought at the movie theater, so I cannot complain.

Loved the book!! The 400+ pages flew by. Loved the familiar characters from previous books.

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