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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 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

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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Awesome book with a great ending! It's a must have!

Grisham knows how to keep you guessing. Audible is a perfect fit for Michael Beck's narrative.

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Like being home

I thought it was a great book. I like the way he described the town ,the people, and all the surroundings .Made me feel like I was home walking around that square myself.

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This was an awesome story.

This was an awesome, well written story. I have always been a John Grisham fan and he did not disappoint me.

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Unbelievable

Spell binding novel by one of the best authors in history. Thank you Mr Grisham for your amazing work!

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loved it

Great sequel, loved the suspense of waiting to the end to find out the big secret. loved the update on the characters. I hope there are more to come.

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  • 11-04-15

Another hit!

How far would you be willing to go to right a wrong? That is the focus of this novel. Grisham has, once again, hit it out of the park with Sycamore Row. This is such a well thought out book, and told in such a comforting way. Grisham books, to me, are like sitting on a country porch on a summer evening. Just so warm and inviting. This novel is only made better by the narration of Michael Beck. This man is fantastic, and THE VOICE of Grisham's books, IMO. I would love for all of the Grisham books read by others to be redone with Beck reading them. Even the Frank Muller reads, and he is one of my favorite narrators. Overall, just an amazing experience. Loved every minute of it.

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Fabulous!

I never write in these reviews but felt compelled to share my thoughts...JG has done it again! Story - spectacular: Reading - spectacular!! Highly recommend.

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Good entertainment, not Grisham's best work

It is an interesting story but far from Grisham's best work. Michael Beck though is amazing. His performance makes up to what is lacking to keep you glued to the story.

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Story line was great - era was a bit off

As always John Grisham does a phenomenal job with attention to detail and gripping plot.

Dislikes - it was 1988 but the black characters' dialect sounded as though it was 1958. I know it was set in Mississippi but I was born and raised in Alabama and black southerners were not talking as though they were a generation or two removed from Roots in 1988.

Also I would have liked a bit more of a climactic introduction to Ancil at the end but I don't want to give away anymore to what was still a very good read/listen on a 22 hr road-trip with my dad (67) which is no easy feat. Even he was engaged :)

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Grisham in top form!

It was 20 hours long and never wanted to finish. Narrator excellent. A radio play!