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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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    Andrew S. Abrams Near Kalamazoo, MI 11-11-13
    Andrew S. Abrams Near Kalamazoo, MI 11-11-13 Member Since 2011

    metalcaster

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    "It is a Grisham story"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    well written, believable characters and a great reader made it enjoyable


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    He is excellent, brought all of the character to life


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

    I hate these types of questions, I feel as though I may spoil the story by providing an answer.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read only two or three Grisham novels and they all are about a lawyer in the south battling racial prejudices. I guess that he has developed a product that sells and that is what business calls for. And one must write what one knows to do it as well as Grisham does. It is a good story with a great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Little Rock, AR, United States 11-11-13
    Harry Little Rock, AR, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Ansel's story


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

    I felt like Jake Brigance was telling me the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Almost didn't buy the novel because John Grishman's last few were a little weak. Glad I made the plunge. Welcome back John and Jake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Haven, KS, United States 11-11-13
    Nathan Haven, KS, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid. Grisham at his very best!"
    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks high up. I listen to a LOT of audiobooks as a commuter. My favorite reads earn place of pride on my bookshelf as paperback. This will be one of them.


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

    My heart broke when Ansel's video played in the Courtroom. I majored in American History in college, so I've read my fair share of heartbreaking episodes of racism but this POV was tough.


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

    This was my very first audiobook by Michael Beck. He hit the Mississippi dialect perfectly. I had no problem putting myself in Clanton.


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

    Oh I laughed at Jake's little one liners, but mostly I wanted to weep for this period in our nation's history. Thinking about this little girl watching her father being dragged away in a noose just made me ill. I've read about such things, but not from the point of view of the children witnessing it all This portrayal of children watching a lynching had me reeling. As they painted the picture of this family being scattered into the woods with NOTHING, not even clothes on the children, I just wondered what became of the families that suffered from these in "real life". What became of these strong family units that were torn apart and slaughtered?


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Mr. Grisham did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deann Aurora, OR, United States 11-11-13
    Deann Aurora, OR, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great John Grisham book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its again another John Grisham book that starts out kinda slow but brings you back with his great style


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

    Anzel revelation


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

    The death of Lettie family


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Millie Mission, Tx, United States 11-10-13
    Millie Mission, Tx, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!! Grisham has another winner!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Michael Beck is an excellent narrator. Very easy to distinguish characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Seth Hubbard...he was a ruthless businessman but had integrity and tried to make things right. The way he kills himself is a statement to all about the atrocities he witnessed as a child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The video statement of Ansel Hubbard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 11-10-13
    Lori United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Best Grisham in years!"

    This sequel to "A time to kill" will not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I had gone back and read a time to kill as a refresher but that is not needed to enjoy the story. Jake Brigance is the underdog again in a bigoted fight. It is unclear who will "win" until the surprise ending. And the ending is really great. I would not mind more Jake Brigance stories for Grisham.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christi Quinlan, TX, United States 11-10-13
    Christi Quinlan, TX, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2010

    work in healthcare for 20+ years- drive more than 3 hours a day to get to work and back home so i have lots of time to listen to books

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    ""great book Grisham did it again""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jake was great did not want to stop until the end of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake and all the whole town is back and willy comes back at the end


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

    i love Michael - he is the south-


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

    when they got another dog


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 11-10-13
    Terri 11-10-13
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    "John Grisham is his usual wonderful self."

    Thought provoking entertainment. Mr. Grisham uses topics I can relate to and sympathize with. His outcome is satisfying and leaves me with a good feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reynir Brussels, Belgium 11-10-13
    Reynir Brussels, Belgium 11-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Grishams better"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    No


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

    The lynching of the black man in the wood


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

    The smell of the southern states, black voices, white voices, you could feel the characters come to life by his performance. The people would not be so colourful by me reading the book on my own.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sena orange ct 11-10-13
    Sena orange ct 11-10-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Story Yet"
    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    I have already listened to it like 4 times already. I like the story tellers and they played their parts perfectly


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

    He makes it seems really real. He is a master storyteller


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

    It made me cry


    Any additional comments?

    John Grisham is such a master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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