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Untitled Thriller
by John Grisham

Published: 2013-10-22
Hardcover : 447 pages
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Recommended to book clubs by 13 of 15 members
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 ...
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Introduction

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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They found Seth Hubbard in the general area where he had promised to be, though not exactly in the condition expected. He was at the end of a rope, six feet off the ground and twisting slightly in the wind. A front was moving through and Seth was soaked when they found him, not that it mattered. Someone would point out that there was no mud on his shoes and no tracks below him, so therefore he was probably hanging and dead when the rain began. Why was that important? Ultimately, it was not. ... view entire excerpt...

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We enjoyed exploring alternative endings based on what we had guessed.
by teachinggram (see profile) 08/21/14

Define unfamiliar legal jargon such as earwigging and holographic wills
Discuss other authors with a legal background ex...Michael Connelly, Scott Turow, Meg Gardiner, Richard North Patterson...
by ncvlib (see profile) 03/12/14

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  "Sycamore Row"by TXCOLITCHICK (see profile) 09/18/14

John Grishom knows how to weave a mystery. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, new information comes into play and all bets are off. I borrowed from the library the audio book so that... (read more)

 
by hrbarge65 (see profile) 09/18/14

 
  "Courtroom Drama"by janetbranson (see profile) 08/30/14

It was a fast paced book with lots of secrets uncovered. Very enjoyable!

 
by Sharon811 (see profile) 08/29/14

 
  "Sycamore Row"by teachinggram (see profile) 08/21/14

The book Sycamore Row was liked by everyone -- it had a 4.5 rating. Those of us who have read John Grisham, felt this book was back to his top quality writing. Many of us had stopped readi... (read more)

 
  "Sycamore Row"by kbarany (see profile) 05/08/14

Our group felt that this book was too long and too formulaic. Mr. Grisham has found a formula....
We wish he would shake it up a bit.

 
  "scyamore row"by bhale (see profile) 04/08/14

 
  "Sycamore Row"by dbbradley6 (see profile) 03/25/14

I enjoyed the book very much. I found it a little predictable but I still liked it.

 
  "Sycamore Row"by traveler1 (see profile) 03/12/14

 
  "Sycamore Row"by ncvlib (see profile) 03/12/14

We liked the book but did find some part a little slow. Grisham did a good job developing the judge's character which was a favorite.

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