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.
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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
The emotion and humanity is amazing.
Lettie was very well written and always seemed heartfelt and genuine.
The accents are very well placed for Mississippi and West Tennessee. A very well read piece of performance.
Near the end as the plot twisted I cried in sympathy to the heartbreak that happened to Seth many years ago along with his ultimate reaction and actions and why he committed his final act and where he did it.
A MUST listen.
Grisham brings us another well-written, well-plotted and entertaining story. Good plot twists, though the scenario was slightly predictable.It was good to re-acquaint with Jake Briggance, Harry Rex and Lucius.
Michael Beck was excellent. I could tell which character was speaking without being told.
Avid reader for 45 years
John Grisham was one of my favorite authors for many years, with A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Client and the Runaway Jury. I had hoped that the sequel to A Time to Kill would be as good as the original book but after hating most of Grisham's recent books, I was doubtful. I enjoyed the southern setting, the legal plot (basically can a poor black woman get a fair trial in the 2012 south) and the main character Jake who is flawed but trying. I thought the only weakness was development of the female characters - no depth, especially with Jake's wife.
You knew the characters. Jake, Lucian, Harry Rex and the others. You got to know them in a Time to Kill. You learned more in the Last Juror and the Summons. It's like going back home again.
I love Harry Rex, and Lucian. They add color and diversity to Jake's ordered life. We all have at least one friend like them. Someone who makes you laugh and curse at the same time with the things they do, but also someone who has your back at all times.
I've listened to many audiobooks read by Michael Beck. He's one of my favorite readers along with Jim Dale, and the late Frank Muller. His voice adds to the story. You can feel the emotions that the characters are feeling through his words.
This is one of John Grisham's best attempts in a # of years. Like A Time to Kill, and The Client, he draws you in and holds you in his grasp till the very end. His characters are people you can identify with and find easy to care about.
The masterful John Grisham is BACK! This was such a wonderful book! I remember now why John Grisham was my favorite author! This book has all the highs and lows and human wonderfulness of his early works. My heart just beat to the tune of this book...it raced, it slowed, it broke and it understood. Life...the challenges, the experiences and the history of being and how it all is important. To know your history is to know yourself, you family, your friends, your enemies, your community and the world in which we live. The more things change the more they stay the same to evolve into something much better. This is what I believe John Grisham tried to teach in this wonderful book. YAY John Grisham.
If you liked the classic Grisham like The Firm, and A Time To Kill, you will love this one. It was a great story and follow up for the Jake charter.
The story had a good pace, and even though I anticipated the ending early on, it still kept me interested and engaged.
Michael Beck as always had a great performance. Would like to see more of his work outside of the Grisham word of novels.
As with a Time to Kill, the trial was very moving at the end.
I would recommend this to other readers if they liked the first book in this series you'll like this one too
Hard to believe it wasn't that long ago that all of that racist garbage was in full force and the civil rights movement was happening.Took me back to when they were busing kids in due to desegregation...
Mom of Matt and Britt
Yes, very entertaining
Love legal dramas
Just love to be read to. I listen while I walk my dog every day
No love to tune in each day
Just as they have always done, this Grisham book grabs your attention from the start and it stays. Because I am from Juneau Alaska, I found the descriptions of Juneau brought a smile, but I understand that authors make the locations fit the story. I am happy to know that Grisham came to Juneau and he must have liked it or he would not have put it in his story.
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