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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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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

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.

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