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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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    Marsha Greenville, NC, United States 11-22-13
    Marsha Greenville, NC, United States 11-22-13

    Love reading but little time or variety of books to choose from. Clutter from old books. Can listen on long trips, vaccuuming, etc.

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    "worthless"
    What would have made Sycamore Row better?

    waste of credit


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    books on this site have become so bad, I'm beginning to consider other sites


    How could the performance have been better?

    by not reading


    What character would you cut from Sycamore Row?

    would not write in the first place


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Columbia, SC, United States 11-18-13
    Samuel Columbia, SC, United States 11-18-13
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    "Predictable and low on events/action"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    Try another? well maybe...I have been reading Grisham for quite a long time. Expect better than this. One can always hope..


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is too much description and not enough happening. Good to be with a set of old familiar characters. The courtroom drama was laid out for you well before the courtroom scences, so you know how this is going to go. The fun of courtroom scenes is the not knowing how it is going to turn out.


    Any additional comments?

    Potential spoiler -......so don't read this if you do not want to know......
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    OK when the story includes a character that has not been on the seen for decades, well you know then this is the character that holds the key and will be the one to determine the outcome. Living in the South, as I do, one coud see where this was going from very early on. I expected more and therefore kept reading....oh well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blueyes in NJ 10-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Recall the court room in "My Cousin Vinnie"?"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    I am not big on re-reading especially mysteries and court room dramas. That said, there are some wonderful colloquialisms and idiomatic phrases which tickle a northerner like me.


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

    Grisham is a master at character development -- you begin to know the characters and build expectations for their actions. Although minor to the plot, I thoroughly enjoyed the black, Rolls-Royce driving civil rights activists and their antics. Where is Al Sharpton when you really need him?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several great scenes, Grisham is a court room master


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

    Not extreme, its not that kind of a story. Thoroughly engaging from page 1.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary SMYRNA, TN, United States 10-27-13
    Mary SMYRNA, TN, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WONDERFUL - Grisham at his finest!!!!"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed this book so much! The characters are great, the storyline is great, the narrator was great. I can't think of a negative thing to say about this book other than I wish it had gone on forever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. I have always loved A Time to Kill and the characters from that book are back in Sycamore Row. So even though the characters grew you still felt like you had known them for many years!


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds deminsion to the characters. Excellent job!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending - of course


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love this book!!! I wish upon wish that Grisham would develop this into a series like James Patterson's Alex Cross series. The characters seem so real I could read and read some more.

    If you haven't purchased this book - DO SO - you will not regret it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 05-11-14
    Joy 05-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book! Really enjoyed."
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was good as are all of Grisham's books. The story was rather long but enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of the message. That making things right is what we all should do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of why the decisions/actions were done.


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

    Not so much


    Any additional comments?

    Good read. Would recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HELENE Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada 05-01-14
    HELENE Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely great listen!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Great suspense and story.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Loved all Grisham movies so expected to enjoy this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.I. Nieuw Weerdinge, Netherlands 05-01-14
    J.I. Nieuw Weerdinge, Netherlands 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best!"

    This book has it all. Plots and turns. Sad parts, love and justice. Couldn't put it down!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer usa 01-25-14
    Amazon Customer usa 01-25-14

    Tabbycatz

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    "Grisham is back in a big way!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    I found it most enjoyable just because it was an excellent book that I did not want to stop listening to. I did not find it boring at all. It was very well written and the narrator did a great job.


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

    Well in usual Grisham style it had an explosive surprise kind of wrap everything ending...which I loved.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved my Seth's brother Symion finally relives and tells what happened when they where boys and then everything falls together.


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

    I would say both there where some funny moments and some moving parts that had me shedding a tear or two.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved Grisham of old you are going to love this book. It basically is the same characters that where in a Time to Kill (Jake Brigance) but its 3 years later. I used to just eat up his books in the 90's and would stay up all night to finish, not so much for the past couple of years with his books. He really goes back to the writing style lots of people loved and made him one of the most well known authors. Give this a shot you will be glad you did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14
    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another John Grisham win"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    Yes, was enthralled from start to finish


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    "The Confession" gripping stories from start to finish


    What didn’t you like about Michael Beck’s performance?

    Painful listening to him trying to sound like a uthern women.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure, but I picture Angela Basset being Lettie Lang


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Kansas City, MO, United States 12-16-13
    Jeffrey Kansas City, MO, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Painfully obvious"

    I do not understand why I continue to buy books by this author. The mystery is painfully obvious. Maybe the legal matters of challenging a will are interesting but the mystery behind the story is so obvious that it makes it a challenge to keep listening. I believe that John Grisham hates the South and his time as a Professor at Ole Miss. Yes there are things in Mississippi's history that folks are ashamed of but not everyone was a Klan member.

    And tell me how the only real mystery of this book, how a woman can find out she was adopted when she was 30 but someone else can know more about her then she knew herself, is just skipped over.

    Over all it is a fine reading of a bad book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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