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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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    Molly Furman Charlotte, North Carolina United States 12-17-13
    Molly Furman Charlotte, North Carolina United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Grisham, author. Beck, narrator . . Perfect match"
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    Storyline was old school Grisham.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, the Judge and Lucian. Strong characters that really carried the storyline.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Michael Beck was the best narrator. His voice is so versatile. Thoroughly enjoyed his talent!!! He has now spoiled me for other narrators.


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

    Ansel telling of the mistreatment he and Seth witnessed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please write more books like this, John!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alecia Hutton Denver CO 12-17-13
    Alecia Hutton Denver CO 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the story.


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

    A Time to Kill. Keep me interested from beginning to end.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance. Made me see Harry Rex in my mind. I enjoyed all the charters .


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

    If you like A Time To Kill you will love Sycamore Row......


    Any additional comments?

    Well done Mr. Grisham, Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana LUMBERTON, NC, United States 12-17-13
    Diana LUMBERTON, NC, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "EXCELLENT!"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting! Compelling! Thought-Provoking!


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    John Grisham is highly effective at plotting a a storyline. Some may think him predictable but I've read all of Grisham's books and all held my attention. Thebonly predictability is that there will be surprising twists throughout the book!


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

    Nothing! Narrator was excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    Get the book but read/listen to older books first - the plot will fall into place more seamlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keppy Boone 12-17-13
    Keppy Boone 12-17-13
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    "Loved it"

    I hadn't read any John Grisham for years, and when I saw that this on the new release list, I decided to give it a try. I'm very glad I did, because it was enjoyable and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-17-13
    Vincent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Perfect Grisham"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting legal thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    What set this one apart from the other Grishams was the subject matter - will dispute and the device of going back to previous novel's characters to continue their story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The court scenes were particularly compelling


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

    The 'finale' - I don't want to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect reading over the holidays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike United States 12-17-13
    Mike United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book yet"
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    I absolutely loved this book, and highly recommend to anyone who loves a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    good to go Chicago, Illinois United States 12-16-13
    good to go Chicago, Illinois United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2014

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    "great book, great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to this book very much. I felt like I was right there in that small town. The story was terrific, just what you would expect from this author. The pace of the book was perfect for an audible rendition.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Beck's performance was wonderful. Finely nuanced: just enough voice change for each character to make pull the listener in without sounding cheesy.


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

    The ending of the book was pitch perfect. I don't want to give more away


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-16-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    I read everything by John Grisham.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unfortunately there wasn't much I liked. The book was way too long and overly repetitive. I figured out the ending. Too many of the characters were greedy and unpleasant. I didn't really care about any of the characters including Jake Brigance. I felt I'd "been there, done that" with this book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was competent but the voices got on my nerves after a while.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Reread some vintage John Grisham.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. It just wasn't for me. I don't regret listening to it though. There is a special quality to Grisham's books and there were a few moments of pure pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    klabbotts 12-15-13
    klabbotts 12-15-13
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    "This is an amazingly good book"
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Well written, well produced, well read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake - I'd want him to be my attorney


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

    when Lucien began discovering who Leddie really was


    Any additional comments?

    This is a first rate book that I needed to listen to. I'm from the west, moved to Maryland where stuff like this happened, and still plagues this area and all the people. I needed reminded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Murchison, TX, United States 12-15-13
    Karen Murchison, TX, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Love Christian music, listening to good clean books, directing/playing handbells, love family, quilting, and clean suspense books.

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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes absolutely. It's a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How, in the end, things were made right for what was wronged.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Loved the accent he used for everyone.


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

    Of course the ending, the deposition.


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT BOOK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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