Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row

Jake Brigance Series, Book 2

eBook - 2013
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERDon't miss an original essay by John Grisham in the back of the book. John Grisham takes you back to where it all began. One of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill established John Grisham as the master of the legal thriller. Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension. 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 many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had...
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 2013
ISBN: 9780385537926
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Excellent story line, entwines some modern sensibilities into old racist history of the south and some of the challenges people face when standing up for justice in a small southern town. The protagonists were fallible and people made bad decisions but in the end justice was done. Great reading.

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tracysue
Feb 06, 2019

I thought this was one of Grisham’s best.

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fourthdancy
Jun 28, 2018

Between the library and audible.com, I've listened to approximately 50 books in the last 8 months. This book was undoubtedly my favorite! The plot is superb and the narrator is unbelievable!!!

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Bookworm1562
Mar 01, 2018

I was a little disappointed after reading "Rooster Bar," so I went back and re-read "Sycamore Row." It was well worth it.

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trcookIIImddmd
Apr 26, 2017

Grisham wasn't always a liberal; in youth he was plebian, but with riches so many lose touch with reality and become liberals. This a lynching story so, like Faulkner--another liberal, he has to play to his liberal borg and give us his black lynching tale. We are again with Jake Brigance, but this time in a civil suit instead of defense of a murderer in a criminal trial. Grisham practiced law for some years before writing his first book A Time to Kill in which we meet Jake, so he is adept at showing us some law at work.

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JohnTidridge
Nov 07, 2016

Mr. Grisham should take a year off! I read to page 100 and was disappointed that he could not write about the reputation of a lawyer without resorting to vulgarity, the body framework of a waitress without being crude, and a lawyer trying to make out with wife... I am no prude!

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gritslover
Aug 26, 2016

Grisham doesn't disappoint!

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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

Good to read continuation of Jake's life after "A Time to Kill".

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hrhhall
May 22, 2016

Too long, he may be getting paid by the word. But as ever, a good story.

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Eil_1
Apr 15, 2016

An excellent book. The only problem I had with it was the repetition of already laid out facts. Nevertheless, it was a definite page turner and the basis for the title becomes apparent only at the end.

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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

The book is continuation of courtroom and personal life of Jake, a lawyer featured in A Time to Kill. If once enjoyed A Time to Kill, once will definitely enjoy Sycamore Row. As previously, the case in Sycamore Row takes place in the South, features a lot of local drama that involves race and the small town problems. It is a nice read and very typical of Grisham.

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