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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

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

"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got in the United States these days." (,i>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)

"A legal literary legend." (USA Today)

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    ALLEN Tulsa, OK, United States 01-20-14
    ALLEN Tulsa, OK, United States 01-20-14

    Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.

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    "Grisham Continues to Excel"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    I have listened to all of Grisham's books and they are all good with some being better than others. I felt this was one of his best books and many plot twists and turns.


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

    Michael Beck couldn't have read this any better - just brilliant.


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

    Not particularly. I like to enjoy the suspense and look forward to the next listen when I walk my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pbnfreak 11-04-13
    Pbnfreak 11-04-13
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    "Grisham? Really??"

    Well written but very weak story. Certainly not vintage Grisham, I'm afraid! Nothing new here.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 03-17-15
    Jerry 03-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Grisham does it again."

    Loved this book. Great story and wonderfully written. Beck's narrative is spot on. Must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly C High 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this book!"

    This is another great novel. I could not so listening to it!

    It's emotional, riveting and kept me on my toes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    drruth Florida 10-23-14
    drruth Florida 10-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Listening to a book read by a good reader takes me back to the art of story telling.

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    "One of Grisham's best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already did recommend it. Tight, involving as Time to Kill. That book was my introduction to Grisham's writing. He returns to that familiar scene with another emotional story. I really liked it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All were beautifully fleshed out.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 05-18-14
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Spartan Reader

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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    What a well written book. Great character development and story line.


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

    The ending as he brought all the pieces together. I could not turn off my iTouch. Listened from start to finish. WOW


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

    Great. New to me but liked him very much!


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

    Yes the ending was emotional


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great writing, great narration and fantastic ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BENJAMIN Deer Park, NY, United States 11-23-13
    BENJAMIN Deer Park, NY, United States 11-23-13
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    "Worst Grisham story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot was not well thought out as most of his books are.


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

    never wrote it.


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

    good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sycamore Row?

    the whole book


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Avins 10-31-13
    A. Avins 10-31-13

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    "Capturing Story!"

    I really enjoyed this story, and rarely put 5* for the story itself. Yet I believe this one is worth it in every way. There were no points in the story where it "dragged on", and this one was really hard to put away. I couldn't wait to get back to it.
    Very interesting story, and how it twists along, and keeping you guessing. I enjoyed the characters, and how this story was smoothly laid out. I would highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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