Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row

by John Grisham
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Sycamore Row by John Grisham

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Don’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 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?

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Praise for Sycamore Row
 
“Powerful . . . immensely readable . . . the best of his books.”The Washington Post
 
“Welcome back, Jake. . . . [Brigance] is one of the most fully developed and engaging characters in all of Grisham’s novels.”USA Today
 
“One of [Grisham’s] finest . . . Sycamore Row is a true literary event.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345543240
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 135,683
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids’ books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hometown:

Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1955

Place of Birth:

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Education:

B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Sycamore Row and could not put it down!  Wonderfully written, you feel as though you are right there with Jake Brigance throughout the book.  It has a lot of twists and turns and tells it like it was and is in the deep South.  I can't wait until his next book comes out! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was taking a plane trip from San Diego airport to Seattle. Didn't have a book to read so purchased the first novel of John Grisham....started it as soon as we were in the air.....reached my destination and didn't want to put the book down....have been a fan of Grisham since....He is just the best. My entire family of myself,my husband and 5 children all feel the same way. Hard to put his books down.. Thank you John Grisham for all your wonderful stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book Grisham has written. He is of course a very accomplished author. This is a tremendous story, and it was very well crafted. In many ways, it might have been the very best, as it did literally bring a tear yo my eye. Read this book. 
PattonJ More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. If you enjoy a great mystery then this is the book for you. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the formula Grisham used in his best novels. It's a page turner that grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go until the last sentence on the last page. So many twists and turns, plots and sub-plots, surprises and disappointments. I enjoyed it do much, I hated to see it end.
ATLNoel More than 1 year ago
Grisham has done it again!  I've read all of his legal thrillers, and this is one of his best. I REALLY hope they consider making this a film, too.   I could not read the book fast enough.  Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is classic Grisham. Some of his books are a bit humorous. Some are very serious. All are great stories told by a true story-teller. This one, well, I'm not far enough into it to tell you whether it's humorous or serious but enough to say it's in his tradition of great stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can already visualize this book made into a movie. The characters from "A Time To Kill" again sharing an interesting tale. My only regret is that this book was published too late to have been my companion as I sat on the beach in Destin. Good page turners seem all to rare and I've come to rely on the consistency of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such great plots, twists, and turns. You had no idea which way to lean from one page to the next. So many incredible surprises that put knots in my stomach. Grisham is a masterful storyteller and writer. Hated to see the story come to an end. MJM
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
This was hands-down the best book I've read in many years. Grisham knows how to spin a yarn, but this one took the cake! From the opening pages, it captures the imagination: What was going on with Seth Hubbard? Totally dysfunctional family or just a sick, bitter old man on a mission? I could not lay this book down and was deliciously surprised at so many twists and turns. Every passage, every character reagent to the incredible outcome, so pay attention! Thought I had this one figured out, only to have Mr. Gresham throw me a delightful curve during the last few pages. I just don't think I will EVER forget this book. I loved reading about Jake and Harry Rex and how they continued on after the murder trial. I would love to read a follow up to Sycamore Row too. Maybe a book where Jake has finally "arrived" much like the career path that Grisham's life took. Good work Mr Grisham!! As always this book was quite entertaining. "Sycamore Row" brings the some of the main characters from "A Time to Kill" back to life in a story that kept me turning pages. As always with Grisham, I felt like I knew the characters personally. Here's hoping for more Jake Brigance novels and a Hollywood adaptation of "Sycamore Row".  Absolutely loved the book.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Grisham's books. Until now, "A Time to Kill" was my favorite even though I haven't found one I didn't like. I just finished this book and it is his best. After reading all of them, you know there is going to be a twist at the end; but the finishing few pages of 'Sycamore Row" are without equal. Kudos Mr. Grisham!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not his best, but a good read. Somewhat predictable and occasionally drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little drawn out. A time to kill was much better,and more plausible. I enjoy John Grisholm books,this was a little disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Another hit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very great book one of the best grishom books to me
FP-Ballard More than 1 year ago
Good verses bad. Right versus wrong. Justice versus injustice. All these apply to Sycamore Row. I enjoyed the book. I knew I would. The setting in the story stick with you. The characters John was writing about grip you. You feel the emotion in small story after small story within this novel. There's a terrific build up to a twist and turn ending. If you enjoy Grisham's novels, then this is a must read for you.
coreyblissford More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book. One of Grisham's best.
Tough_critique More than 1 year ago
I have read more than half. I am not sure if I should waste time reading more. How many days does it take for John Grisham to write his novels, I wonder. It is simple, everything is as expected and to satisfy the reader. After reading a couple of award winner books back to back, I found this novel extremely simple. Disappointing. (It could be useful for people who are in litigation for inheritance..)
readzalot2 More than 1 year ago
After reading about Sycamore Row, I purchased A Time To Kill on my Nook to re-read. I fell in love with the characters all over again, and was reminded how I once loved John Grisham's writing. I then purchased Sycamore Row, also on my Nook, and was so excited about starting the story. I was sorely disappointed. The characters fell short...I found I didn't really care about them. I struggled to even finish the novel, finding myself nodding off when reading...it just did not hold my interest.
Mysticbooks More than 1 year ago
I give Sycamore Row 5 stars.
Kaayres More than 1 year ago
I must say I was very excited to get this book because A Time To Kill is not only my favorite Grisham but one of my favorite books ever. However, with 85 pages to go in the book I kept waiting for it to get better. The sub-plot with the house was boring and tedious, there were so many ancillary characters that I just couldn't care about them. I would say it is worth a read, in paperback, don't spend the money on hardcover or Nook. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
started off great but fast became every slow and borring, Very predictable and dissapoiting.
JHinNH More than 1 year ago
Great read, but it falls apart a bit at the end. There are some gaping holes in the conclusions -- too many unexplained coincidences where Grisham is usually so tight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all still love Jake Brigance. The character is the only saving grace for this book. Very predictable, nothing shocking. Court room scenes were also ok. All in all a decent read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay,I read, John Grisham's, Theodore Boone series and i loved it. So I know when I read this book I will love it too. His books just seem to captivate you from the first word. I used to never be interested in books like that, that is until I picked up a book by John Grisham. He is like the only author who seems to really understand what he is writing about. I have loved his work from the very beginning. When people tell me they have never read any of his books, I literally freak out. I am his #1 fan!