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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10154)
    Performance
    (9134)
    Story
    (9144)

    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?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Gotta love Jake!"
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    This book is not as good as A Time to Kill but it comes close. Only a few Grisham books over the years have been up to any comparison with his early work. And this one has Jake who is just as conflicted as ever - go for the money and the fame or do the right thing like the good homeboy that he is. Jake always struggles to do both. And Harry Rex is back as alter ego along with Carla, Ozzy, Lucius and a host of opposing lawyers swooping in for a slice of the pie. And all the great diners and restaurants serving southern comfort food. Ummm.

    It is really a good book and I loved listening to it. Buuuut it is not a great book. It just doesn't have the momentum of ATTK. It's missing the Klan, the bus loads of NAACPers, the National Guard, the media. This is because it is about money. All the way through it is about money. Until the end. Yeah, yeah it is about race but it just doesn't have the rage, rape and mayhem to be over the top compelling.

    ATTK made me cry more than once for a number of reasons, Sycamore just didn't. But it is still a good read.

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