17288661“This was a well written novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story opens three years after the not guilty verdict in the Carl Lee Haley trial. Jake Brigance is back to handling cases for people who make no more than $10 dollars an hour. But the people love him (Black and White) and most feel they can trust him. The book opens with the suicide of a secretly rich old man (Seth Hubbard) who has seen a lot in his life time. But one thing that shook him to the core. His death was inevitable but he decided to end things on his own terms, allowing him to do a good thing with his money. Jake receives two letters in the mail. One is a handwritten will and instructions for how to handle the estate of one Seth Hubbard, whom he has never met. And so begins the journey of investigations, lawsuits, probate, finger-pointing, lies, resentment, and free-loaders. Sounds like a crazy mix because it is. I cant say more because I would start to give the story away.

The book takes place in 1988 in rural Mississippi, and is in the same county and town as the movie “A Time to Kill.” So the language you will be subjecting your self to will be very prejudicial and racist at times. Somethings you will not even believe was still happening in 1988, but it was. Overall this was a great book, its a bit of a longer read but it so worth it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I.” – Norman LaVelle

 

Overview

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 twenty-five years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

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