Two from the master of the legal thriller:
Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi; a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for 40 years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate.
The summons is typed by the judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for his sons, Ray and Forrest, to appear in his study. But the judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret.
They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison.
Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong.
Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast. And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam...while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt.
©2002 The Summons, ©2000 The Brethren, John Grisham (P)2002 The Summons, ©2000 The Brethren, Random House Audio
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I loved these two books. The narration on both were different but very effective.
Out of the two I enjoyed the Brethren the most. Just love the intrigue of the blackmail and it seem like it could really happen.
The narrator. I have listened to many many audio books and this narrator was the worst. He was very "breathy" and very over dramatic. His range of character voices was sub-par.
His characters were not very deep in this book. I felt like I did not know much about them, unlike his other books.
The Summons leads the reader on the guessing game with the surprise finish that one has come to expect of Grisham. There is plenty of excitement, and revisiting some beloved old characters just adds to the thrill. The Brethren is a decent enough story, but rather slow. It is tough to stay interested and involved at times. Not Grisham's best.
Grisham may seem to be wandering around in his plot development, but he's not. Like the artist he is, the story is built up just as he would like, and in both of these books, the characters are wonderful and the conclusions are erudite and charming. I especially enjoyed the Brethren, the judges in prison hearing prisoner cases - very comic legal chatter! I have to continue to love reading Grisham's works - they continue to be, each one, a personal and quirky classic.
The narration by Frank Muller is one of the worst I have ever had the misfortune to listen to
Frank Muller nearly killed the story.
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