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Sycamore Row | [John Grisham]

Sycamore Row

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?
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2014

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began...

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. 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?

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly 25 years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, a note from the author will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2013 John Grisham (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Praise for the novels of John Grisham  

"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got in the United States these days." —The New York Times Book Review

"John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better." —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"John Grisham owns the legal thriller." —The Denver Post

"John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots." —Seattle Times

"A legal literary legend." —USA Today

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    Michael Honolulu, HI 12-03-13
    Michael Honolulu, HI 12-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    I picked up this one prior to a week long trip to Saipan. I would spend many long hours in a car and I was so looking forward to this book. But, unfortunately, the book was not very good. Character development was decent, but the plot was a bit thin. There is nothing worse in a book than it being predictable. The narration was awesome, the story was so easy to unravel, there was no gripping tale, intrigue or just one more chapter.

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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 12-03-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "There's A Good Steady Rhythm To It"

    I will preface this by saying that I enjoy good fiction and standard mystery stories don't usually excite me. That being said, I read many reviews of this book and did expect more. The reader was talented and he moved along at a steady pace; no complaint there as long as you like the southern drawl. The storyline was steady and gave me just enough to draw me to the ending. However, the characters were a little flat and predictable. For a mystery, it was different and brought up some interesting legal dilemmas. It was the type of book that I could enjoy a little here and there as it plodded along towards the finish. I could have used a little more excitement or perhaps a little less predictability.

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    Chris Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-03-13
    Chris Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "John has Done it Again!"

    Sycamore Row made me feel like I was dropping back in with my old college buddy Jake and all of the characters around the square. As I was listening to the story being read by Michael Beck I could picture the southern town and all the quirks that exist there. I really did not want to it to end.

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    Cindy Gunnison, CO, United States 12-03-13
    Cindy Gunnison, CO, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This is the only way to read Grisham!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for an unpredictable, entertaining listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator's southern accent is musical and brings the characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Oakland, CA, USA 12-02-13
    Virginia Oakland, CA, USA 12-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I couldn't stop stop listening!"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    I almost croaked from lack of food, water, sleep. What a tale! Kept me wondering what the heck was going to happen all the way to the end. This is what I love about Grisham's books - all the little side stories that contribute to the complexity of the main plot get so nicely resolved and logically pieced together by the end of the story. All the characters are so well thought out and believable. Such artistry! May he live to quench our thirsty brains and phyches for many years to come. Bravo!


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    Mary Ellen Chamberlin Baldwinsville, New York United States 12-02-13
    Mary Ellen Chamberlin Baldwinsville, New York United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "NOT Good"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is so boring and stupid. I struggled through the first section - but just couldn't take anymore. Just awful.


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    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-02-13
    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-02-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "As Good as it Gets"

    John Grisham is a master story teller, but of the seven or eight books of his that I've read over the years, Sycamore Row is in a class of its own. Not only is the plot exciting, fast-paced, and entirely realistic, but the characters are developed personalities who fascinated me and about whom I cared. The ending was powerful, emotional, and stayed with me for quite a while. As a lawyer, I found the trial, the legal issues and the trial preparation accurate and plausible. While the book stands on its own as a literary work, the audio production was so good and the reader so outstanding, that I can imagine that listening to this book may have been better than reading it. If I've ever listened to a better audio book, I can't remember what it was. Sycamore Row is as good as it gets.

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    Ellen VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 12-02-13
    Ellen VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 12-02-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Playing the Ansel Hubbard video in court


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    He does a fantastic job bringing all of the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is outstanding. John Grisham is a master storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 12-02-13
    Nathan LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Grisham at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Grabs you from the first page.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well written and easily followed


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Flawless performance. Good voice characterization. Perfect accent.


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    Kitty Kat CA 12-02-13
    Kitty Kat CA 12-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "John Grisham's latest novel does not disappoint."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the written version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to know how it would end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the jury came in with the verdict.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was horrified by the continued prejudice in the South.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed with the ending. It ended in a compromise that I didn't think was fair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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