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The Summons

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | September 27, 2005 | Trade Paperback

The Summons is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 5.
Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi--a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee is the eldest, a Virginia law professor, newly single and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. Forrest is Ray’s younger brother, who redefines the notion of a family’s black sheep.

The summons is typed by the judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south to his hometown, to the place where he grew up and now prefers to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.

And perhaps someone else.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.96 × 5.22 × 0.6 in

Published: September 27, 2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385339593

ISBN - 13: 9780385339599

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sorry John I've been reading John Grisham novels for sometime now and I have to say that this one failed to impress. The predictable and rushed ending was a bore and is a far cry from the likes of the Testament and A Time to Kill.
Date published: 2003-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too bad I love Grisham's work but the ending on this book was exceedingly disappointing. It built up so well and then the end not only just stopped suddenly, but it managed to fizzle as well. It made an excellent read until near the end. Too bad Grisham blew the ending, it would have been an excellent book.
Date published: 2003-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick ending Read the book in two days, hard to put down. But was disappointed with the rather quick ending.
Date published: 2003-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Summons It started out to be a very good book. Three quarters of the way through it seemed like the author ran out of steam. He seemed to wrap up the story without giving it a lot of thought. The three men that were introduced toward the end of the book had no meaning to the reader. If the author does not enjoy writing like his first books maybe he should stick to being a lawyer. His last three or four books have not been very good. When he first started as soon as you started a book you could not put it down. It is not that way any more.
Date published: 2002-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Summons = Some Moans It's comforting to see Grisham return to what he does best: a legal thriller. But after The Street Lawyer & The Testament this one comes up a little short. Too wordy for the first half, and the climax is lacking his usual spin. Nevertheless he threads the usual satire through the lawyerly characters.
Date published: 2002-02-16

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The Summons

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.96 × 5.22 × 0.6 in

Published: September 27, 2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385339593

ISBN - 13: 9780385339599

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Chapter 1 It came by mail, regular postage, the old-fashioned way since the Judge was almost eighty and distrusted modern devices. Forget e-mail and even faxes. He didn''t use an answering machine and had never been fond of the telephone. He pecked out his letters with both index fingers, one feeble key at a time, hunched over his old Underwood manual on a rolltop desk under the portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Judge''s grandfather had fought with Forrest at Shiloh and throughout the Deep South, and to him no figure in history was more revered. For thirty-two years, the Judge had quietly refused to hold court on July 13, Forrest''s birthday. It came with another letter, a magazine, and two invoices, and was routinely placed in the law school mailbox of Professor Ray Atlee. He recognized it immediately since such envelopes had been a part of his life for as long as he could remember. It was from his father, a man he too called the Judge. Professor Atlee studied the envelope, uncertain whether he should open it right there or wait a moment. Good news or bad, he never knew with the Judge, though the old man was dying and good news had been rare. It was thin and appeared to contain only one sheet of paper; nothing unusual about that. The Judge was frugal with the written word, though he''d once been known for his windy lectures from the bench. It was a business letter, that much was certain. The Judge was not one for small talk, hated gossip and idle chitchat, whether writ
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Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi--a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee is the eldest, a Virginia law professor, newly single and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. Forrest is Ray’s younger brother, who redefines the notion of a family’s black sheep.

The summons is typed by the judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south to his hometown, to the place where he grew up and now prefers to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.

And perhaps someone else.


From the Paperback edition.

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Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi--a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee is the eldest, a Virginia law professor, newly single and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. Forrest is Ray''s younger brother, who redefines the notion of a family''s black sheep.
The summons is typed by the judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south to his hometown, to the place where he grew up and now prefers to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.
And perhaps someone else.

"From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of Skipping Christmas, The Summons, A Painted House, The Brethren, The Testament, The Street Lawyer, The Partner, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and A Time to Kill. He lives with his family in Mississippi and Virginia.


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Editorial Reviews

“The Summons ranks as my absolute favorite in many years...[with] an ending too delicious and morally instructive to give away.”—USA Today

“A pleasure to read...a good yarn.”—The Washington Post



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