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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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    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.

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    Pamela United States 12-11-13
    Pamela United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "A brilliant performance!"

    We all know Grisham: a definitive plot, at least one protagonist that we can relate to, and a couple of colorful sidekicks. This sequel (we're reminded again and again of the book we all read a decade ago) is elevated by an absolutely wonderful narration that is never condescending and characters that are ridiculously easy to identify. I'm not sure if it because of familiarity with the material or just plain talent, but Michael Beck is pitch perfect in delivering the over the top characters and amazingly restrained with the more shy and less flamboyant. Just really well done. Oh yeah, and the book is pretty good, too.

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    Carmela08 San Antonio, TX 12-10-13
    Carmela08 San Antonio, TX 12-10-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Grisham has his mojo back"

    John Grisham's newest book is as good as it gets. I have read most of his books, and lately they have been uneven in quality and interest. But this book is just great: the plot, the characters, the evocation of small-town Southern life. Jake Brigance remains an essentially good man who is sorely tempted at times. I hope Grisham has at least one more Brigance novel inside him.

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    Penny Arden, NC, United States 11-29-13
    Penny Arden, NC, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Edge of my seat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Michael Beck did an excellent job of handling all the characters, this added to the good storytelling of Mr. Grisham.


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

    Time to Kill for obvious reasons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The deposition of Ansel Hubbard.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HARVEY Slidell, LA, United States 11-28-13
    HARVEY Slidell, LA, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly! It captured my attention in the first paragraph and held it through the last word.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sander Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-28-13
    Sander Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Splendid book good tension"
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    One of those books that will keep your engine running even when long parked at the office because you just want to listen to a bit more... :)


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    Rebecca BOISE, ID, United States 11-27-13
    Rebecca BOISE, ID, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic and fast paced!"

    Loved this book! I wouldn't say it is exactly a sequel to A Time To Kill although it does pick up with Jake 3 years later. It doesn't bring in any of the other main characters from the previous book though and is it's own stand along story. Great read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Princess Ewing, NJ 11-27-13
    Princess Ewing, NJ 11-27-13

    Shoe Diva

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    "Great Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was gripping. I loved the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The courtroom scene...where the brother told his story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 11-27-13
    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 11-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Tell the story

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    "Up there with the best- and narrated perfectly!"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    The story is intricately written and well produced.


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

    A time to kill, of course. There have been several Grisham books I did not like and had stopped reading his work for a while. This book brought me back!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's always good.


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

    If I could have I would have!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to give Grisham another chance- He is at his peak!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Franklin, TN, United States 11-27-13
    Charles Franklin, TN, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Exceptional. Best of Grisham in a LONG time."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not completely "on edge," but does make you keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Foreshadowing gave away the ending, but as usual, Grisham had just enough details to keep it very interesting (even if you know what's coming). Much better than most of Grisham's more recent books. If you liked Grisham's first few books, this is a MUST read (or listen).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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