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The Testament: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | December 27, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Testament: A Novel is rated 3.9688 out of 5 by 64.

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In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O’Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan’s family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate goes crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman—pursued by enemies and friends alike—holds a stunning surprise of her own.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.26 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345531965

ISBN - 13: 9780345531964

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book read this on a trip to asia-loved it-he had me going down the amazon river with him in this wonderful book.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Liked It This novel by John Grisham is pretty interesting. I thought it was very captivating to follow the lawyer, Nate O’Riley, in his perilous trip in Brazil to find Rachel. There is a lot of action in this book and, as always in Grisham’s book, a well described juridical part. However, the end can be some what predictable. Generally, this book would be a good choice for anyone who wants to relax without reading something too complex.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Adventure! I am actually reading this book for a second time. This is one of my top 3 favourite Grisham books, along with The Partner , and The Broker. The international angle is terrific, and Grisham has developed a superb plot which jumps off to a flying start, literally. There is no shortage of great characters, which are often described with plenty of humour and contempt, where applicable. Part of the book seems to serve as a sort of public service announcement to describe the beautiful and fragile Pantanal region in South America, as well as its native tribes. This is a great adventure with interesting twists and turns. Very satisfying, perfect summer read on your deck with your favourite beverage, day or night.
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good John Grisham fails to stop stunning you as the pages keep going by. The book is merely a culmination of good story telling mixed with good thrills. A good read for a first John Grisham book
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story I picked this book up off a friends bookself because I needed something to read during backshift. I do not normally read Grisham novels but I am so happy I read this one. I couldn't put it down there was so much suspense! The characters were realistic, the emotion, the flaws and the strengths were very real. The contrast between lives, beliefs, and countries are exlpored. Even religious and non religious lifestyles were explored. Every now and then I come across a book that makes me take a look at my own belief and value system. This is one of those books. Excellent read!
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 50/50 liked it, would borrow the book from a friend or library, but found it was not worth the price.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Igloo living Inuits in Newfoundland? Oh gosh... I think I have stumbled on some incorrect information in Grisham's The Testament. It's a different kind of book. Not the courtroom drama-ish type that I've come to expect (and enjoy) from him. It has a strong start, well developed characters, somewhat comical at times, and page-turning worthy (for the first 50 or so pages)... but now not so much anymore... I'm on the 21st chapter and I think I have stumbled unto something that has prompted me to question whether he did his research while writing this book... (I do realize that his novels are fictional... but there should be some degree of truth to them for it to be believeable)... The beginning of chapter 21 he writes about a certain Newfoundlander... who was born in an igloo... and worked among Inuit natives for 20 years... hmmm? In all my years of schooling, I don't remember learning about those Igloo living Inuits in Newfoundland... hmm?
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh My God, What a Bad Book This is a book that is without merit. The writing is tedious (and too long). The characters are all caricatures and the plot is silly. Not recommended for anyone with even a little interest in reading. I skimmed most of it as it was too tedious to read, but I was curious about the ending, which was lame.
Date published: 2005-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from *shrugs* could've been better. it started out great. i loved troy and his horrible family. it was so corrupt that it sounded like a great book. when it got the the part where the kids know who the will was meant to go to instead of them, i didnt bother to finish it. it got boring. very boring.
Date published: 2003-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! this book is alot like the street lawyer and they are both awesome and once again starts off with a very entertaining start.
Date published: 2002-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The testament John Grisham has done it again...The testament is an excellant novel, filled with great characters. In the introducton is where Troy a very rich and important character in the novel dies. Now everyone wants a piece of the pie (money).But in his testament he requests all the money to go to Rachel Lane his daughter he gave up for adoption at birth. But here's the hard part they don't know where she is.So the hunt continues....Will they find her or not?I hope you will read this book,I'm sure yo'll enjoy it!
Date published: 2001-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Words When you read "the Testament" only a few words come to mind, Mainly Thrilling, pageturner and Beyond words. From the very start of this great book right to the end, the Testiment will have you wanting to jump foward just to see what happens next. This book begins with an eccentric multi-billionaire just hours from his death. All his heirs are anxious to see how big of a piece of his estate they will each get. Thier greed thickens with each passing moment, and they start spending the moeny before it is even thiers. With the heirs spending thier soon to be great fortune, a wrench gets thrown into the mix. This is surely the best book John Grisham has written yet. "The Testiment" has a suprise at every turn.
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best So Far This is one of the most intriging books I have read. It took me all of two days to complete the spell binding story. I just couldn't put it down. There were several mini stories going on so it helped to keep it interesting. I would definitly tell all my friends about it. A great book.
Date published: 2000-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice. I've read all of Grisham's books, except the Brethren, and I think he did an absolute wonderful job on this one. I thought it was intriguing right from the start, it was a book I didn't want to put down until it was finished.
Date published: 2000-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! A very neat story with a great setting and interesting characters. It's a little bit different from his other novels but one of my favourites.
Date published: 2000-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Testament As usual John Grisham has not let his readers down. This novel kept you guessing about the next outcome. Very surprising ending; it was not what one would have expected. I could not put down the book once I got into it.
Date published: 2000-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from grisham strikes again Another excellent story by Mr. Grisham! Once started I could barely put the book down. A little disappointing at the end, but a page turner nontheless. This story really shows how money and greed go hand in hand. Never have I felt such disdain for charaters in a book, but the Testament truly brought out the worst in a few key charaters!
Date published: 2000-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! After reading Grisham's earlier works and then abandoning him for a few years I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. His earlier books all involved bad guys and chase scenes. I liked the fact that this one was just plain old interesting. The whole idea was great and the descriptions of his travels were amazing. I really felt I was there right along with him. This book encouraged me to go back to Grisham and read them all. I just started The Brethren last night.......
Date published: 2000-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FINALLY GRISHAM SHOWS HIS COLOURS AS A CHRISTIAN! Though Grisham's books have all been bestsellers, "The Testament" is one of his finest achievements. When compared with works of other contemporary fiction writers, Grisham's novels stand out as cleaner, and more original. His plots never fail to surprise and entertain. Grisham is supposedly a Christian but it is not noticeable in most of his books. "The Testament" is an exception in its vivid depiction of a contented missionary in contrast with the emptiness of North American materialism. As such, this novel not only entertains, it also brings a hard hitting thought-provoking message, that should cause us all to examine ourselves, and ask ourselves whether the emptiness in the lives of the characters in this book is manifest in our own life. Conversely, if we seek peace and contentedness in our own life, it is found in the same place where Grisham's missionary protagonist finds it - in Jesus Christ and the God of the Bible. It is this theological message underlying "The Testament" that distinguishes this novel from most of Grisham's others. Not only is this book an entertaining page-turner, it also will leave you thinking about the purpose and meaning of life. Other Grisham favorites include "The Client", "The Pelican Brief", and "The Rainmaker".
Date published: 2000-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh My God! (Literally) Absolutly amazing. One of the best Grisham's yet. Unlike anything ever written before, but it still holds that Grisham magic. Can't wait for a movie!
Date published: 2000-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have Right away when I read the first chapter, I was practically hooked on the novel. John Grisham tells a story of an old man writing his last testament, right before he dies. When his will is finally read, everyone is shocked. She is a missionary in the jungle so they send a ex lawyer in rehab to fetch her. And so the story really begins...... I give this story 5 stars. It was excellent and it was one of the best books I have read. Buy it!
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good This is the first book I have read by John Grisham and I really enjoyed it. I could not wait to see what happened next. Although the middle of the book got a little boring overall it was very good. I would recomend this book to anyone. I look forward to reading some of Grisham's other novels.
Date published: 2000-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good! Once i started reading this novel, I knew that i would not put it down until i was done. the first 50 pages were very amusing and funny. The rest of the novel, though a bit slow paced, was funny at times, and exciting at other times. I especially liked how Grisham wrote the book as a satire of the Phelan heir's. I recommend this book to anybody over 11 years old.
Date published: 2000-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament This book is unlike any other John Grisham novel I have read. It is a real page turner and is absolutely engrossing. The Phelan family is a group that you grow to love to hate! The lawyers are excellent characters each with his or her own unique personality. The plot line includes an Amazon river adventure, the likes of which John Grisham has never written about before. I recommend this book to anyone who has never read his work before and I guarentee that you will become a huge fan of his! It is exciting and fulfilling with an unexpected ending!
Date published: 2000-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-Turner Want a book that you dont want to put down? The Testament is an excellent book that takes you into the mind of a crazy/sain rich old man, to understand his motives. It was interesting to see it from the perspective of a very weathy old man who had EVERYTHING execpt happiness.
Date published: 2000-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent novel This is one of the best of John Grisham's novels. The story got off to an exciting start, there was a lot of interesting scheming going on between the family members and then taking sides that made the story dramatic. The end was a bit predictable, but it was still a good book. I would say that it rated on par with "The Partner".
Date published: 2000-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not one of Grisham's best I would not recommend this novel to anybody who has never read a John Grisham book before. The Testament was the first book I read of Grisham's, and thankfully didn't dislike it so much as to not have read another novel of his. To anybody who has not read a John Grisham novel before: The Testament is not like any of his others, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, or The Firm are better books to read for people who are just beginning to read Grisham's novels.
Date published: 2000-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book! This is one of the best books I've read and also one of the books I've read quickly because you never want to put it down. Just want to keep reading! You'll love it!
Date published: 2000-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Testament The greediness of the family members is very well portrayed and I think can be easily seen in everyday society. I did no think this was a typical Grisham novel but nonetheless still a very good read. I highly reccommend this book for summer reading.
Date published: 2000-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The Testament Review" "The Testament" by John Grisham is an excellent novel that I would recommend to all readers. It is a story of a lawyer named Nate O Riley, who is a recovering drug addict and alchoholic. After being released from rehab. Nate has decided to quit the hectic life of ligitating. However he has one last task for his law firm. Nate, an adventurous man, takes on the job of searching for a missionary deep in the jungles of Brazil. This is no ordinary missionary, mind you, she is the heir to her father's (Troy Phelan) eleven billion dollar fortune. She is one of six Phelan offspring, yet the only one to recieve any money. Thus we get the vicious battle in court, which illustrates the ruthlessness of lawyers. The novel portrays the brutality of both litigation and the jungles of Brazil. It is an excellent read, and I recommend it to all.
Date published: 2000-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a very slow reader The entire book took too long to reach the ending, which by the way was very disappointing.overall an average novel
Date published: 2000-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One of the better ones This is one of his better ones but not in the top three, a good read for the summer when you have some time.
Date published: 2000-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from testament this is a very good book. I couldn't put it down. it surprised me and taught me some new languages. it made me sad about what happened at the end and made me sure that people can change. i recomend this book to others that love to read.
Date published: 2000-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Take me to the Pantanal I found this book to be a typical Grisham read. Exciting at the beginning, predictable towards the middle and sometimes a bit dragging, and then of course the big let down with the ending. I did, however, enjoy the descriptive picture he paints of the Pantanal region of South America. It had me going straight to the Web to research this amazing place.
Date published: 2000-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellant book ! This is the first novel I have read by Grisham and I was truly impressed. Usually court action does not thrill me, but this book provides easy reading, focusing both on the search for the heir in the remote swamps of Brazil and the actual 'discovery' procedings. I found I could not put the book down! The history of Brazil and the Indian culture was fasinating...a true peak into a world far apart from ours. A pleasure to read; kept my interest all the way though!
Date published: 2000-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked This was my first Grisham novel and I am hooked from the first chapter! Can't wait to start the next one.
Date published: 2000-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not the best, but I definately recommend!! Being an avid fan of Grisham and having read all his other books, I found this book to easily match the standard I have come to expect from his novels, though I didn't find it as suspenseful as "The Run Away Jury" or "The Partner". This book is more predictable than the others, but none-the-less a definate masterpiece!
Date published: 2000-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read This is my first Grisham novel, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed this book; it was an interesting story that literally kept me guessing 'till the very end. It had it's humurous moments as well; I couldn't help but chuckle while reading about all the greedy grandkids and lawyers fight for their share of money, while knowing full well how much they were entitled to. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2000-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different - Yes! Great - Yes! Not the fast action and court room brawls we're used to, and definately not the ending I was hoping for, but somehow Grisham still manages to come up with characters and a plot that you can't let go of until the very last page. Just like all the rest of his books - I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2000-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Like swearing, huh?! I began reading Mr.Grisham's work since I dumped Mr. Crichton because of excessive use of foul words and violence, but hey, looks like Mr. Grisham's gonna be next!! But I like the early 9 novels though.
Date published: 2000-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incorrect information A book should be properly researched before it ever makes the bookstores. That way, readers wouldn't be led to believe that there are actual igloos in Newfoundland. No igloos or Inuits! (Chapter Twenty-one, page 194) Now I wonder how much of Brazil's geography is correct? A quick read for a sleepless night!
Date published: 2000-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Is there a ranking with less than 1 star? Exceptionally poor effort by Grisham. A boring and unoriginal plot filled with repetition. It seemed like he had a page quota to fill but didn't have enough content. In some cases, he didn't even bother to change the wording of repeated sentences. I held out to the end in the hopes that it would redeem the book but alas it was an awful and unimaginative cop out. Given his latest releases, why should this even come as a surprise?
Date published: 2000-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from as always... ...beautiful! Page-turner, gets you in the guts and never lets you go. You sometimes wish you were Nate, not for the money, for the change of life he's experimenting. Makes you feel to shussh money away and become simple and good. Loved it!
Date published: 2000-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I was impressed, for a "Non" book reader I must admit I enjoyed this even more than, The Partner. Like I said speaking from a guy that doesn't read novels often, I enjoyed it thoroughly
Date published: 2000-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This was so different from the usual lawyer-style stories, and the racism involved in more than 75% of the rest, that it kept my interest throughout the book! I've been hesitating in picking up anymore books by Grisham as they're becoming too similar - but THIS one is a welcome change! Congrats, Mr. Grisham! Another well-written book indeed!
Date published: 2000-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Page Turner? Page Burner! Bad... Bad... BAD! I am in shock that I finished the book. The fact that it was borrowed from a relative saved it from being used as kindling. Typical of Grisham's latter novels. Predictable, repetitious, boring.
Date published: 2000-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from South American Adventure This novel had very little to offer in the way of legal dramatics and instead emphasized a South American adventure. I was was misled by the title to believe this would be a novel about the legal ramifications of devising and contesting a will. All in all, I was entertained by this easy read.
Date published: 2000-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Book This is my first John Grisham book and I thought that it was very nicely written. I enjoyed reading the book.
Date published: 2000-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No page turner! Sorry, didn't like this book. Found it boring. If it wasn't Grisham who wrote it, it wouldn't be on the best seller list. I'll be more careful before I buy his next one. Previous books by him that I loved are The Partner and Runnaway Jury. This one doesn't match up at all in my opinion.
Date published: 2000-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His Books get better Everytime Everytime Grisham brings out a new book they get better. The Testament is a nice change from the normal courtroom brawling in his others.
Date published: 2000-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It'll be better as a movie? They say that a book is better than the movie but in this case I think the movie would be welcomed. Does he have a ghost writer now?
Date published: 2000-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Testament The general story was only okay, but the style is improved - he's written better stories less well....too preachy for my liking, is Grisham suddenly Born Again?
Date published: 2000-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Igloos in Newfoundland!!! Grisham's Chapter 21 --- accuracy of information leaves a lot to be desired - as he referred to the character as having lived in an "igloo in Newfoundland" - definitely not worthy of the acclaim he has received.
Date published: 2000-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big Let Down The first 50 pages held my interest, after that it was all I could do to finish this book. It was long, drawn-out and very perdictable. I don't understand why he's so popular. Sorry but there's more interesting authors out there.
Date published: 2000-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Grisham Novel This was a very quick read. I couldn't put it down. In fact I left the book on the Go train by accident, and I went out and bought a second copy so I could finish it. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2000-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different View I read this book on the flight home from Hong Kong & greatly enjoyed it. His other books deal much more with the law than this one. This had very interesting characters-different than his normal good guy characters. More depth & personal demons. Wasn't completely happy with ending.
Date published: 2000-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent While on vacation in Jamaica, about 5 of our group happened to be reading the same book... the verdict was unanimous...even the Jamaican Toga Party couln't keep us away from this book!
Date published: 2000-01-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The de-Testament Typical John Grisham. Predictable and bland. I'm glad I didn't pay for this.
Date published: 2000-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a wonderful book. Unpredictable, very intresting and a refreshing new stroy line.
Date published: 2000-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament I was hooked after chapter one! This is one book I couldn't put down. I love the change of scenery from the other Grisham books. My imagination was piqued and now I find myself dreaming about travelling down the Pantanal with a guide like Jevy! Read this book! The comedic relief comes by way of the Phelan heirs and their greedy, gold-digging lawyers - all 22 of them! I don't know if Grisham can top this read, but I sure hope he tries!
Date published: 1999-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A good Grisham. Finnaly his caracters have depth something I found lacking in his other novels. The jungle treck is wonderful and is a welcome change from the usual setting of Grisham's novels.
Date published: 1999-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament Eager to jump into a couple hundred pages of courtroom drama? Keep waiting. This time Grisham goes beyond the bench. Testament is more Heart Of Darkness than Rainmaker, and that makes it one of the best books he has written. Eccentric Troy Phelan takes a flying leap (literally), and his estranged children salivate over his fortune. Enter the illegitimate child, a missionary living in the swamp, and the recovering alcoholic lawyer sent to tell her that she is the sole heir. The half-naked natives, spoiled children and scheming lawyers that populate this story are a casting director's dream.
Date published: 1999-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament Grisham's latest effort is a wonderful recovery after the disappointing Street Lawyer. This time around, a wealthy business man dies leaving his billions to an illegitimate daughter his family knows nothing about. A legal battle for the money leads the man's lawyer deep into the jungles of South America in search of the mysterious heir - all the while battling his own demons. A few pages and you are hooked. Fans of his earlier work won't wait for the paperback.
Date published: 1999-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament An eccentric billionaire dies, and his greedy descendants are hoping to get their share of his $11-billion estate. But a strange twist in his last will and testament sends the typical down-and-out Grisham-style lawyer, Nate O'Riley, down to Brazil searching for the heiress. Although I've always loved Grisham's work, I find he is still having trouble writing the parts of female characters. A definite good read, nonetheless.
Date published: 1999-04-29

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The Testament: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.26 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345531965

ISBN - 13: 9780345531964

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions--a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan's new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.
Enter the lawyers. Nate O'Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan's family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate goes crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman--pursued by enemies and friends alike--holds a stunning surprise of her own.

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I sit and stare through the tinted glass walls. On a clear day, I can see the top of the Washington Monument six miles away, but not today. Today is raw and cold, windy and overcast, not a bad day to die. The wind blows the last of the leaves from their branches and scatters them through the parking lot below. Why I am worried about the pain? What''s wrong with a little suffering? I''ve caused more misery than any ten people. I push a button and Snead appears. He bows and pushes my wheelchair through the door of my apartment, into the marble foyer, down the marble hall, through another door. We''re getting closer, but I feel no anxiety. I''ve kept the shrinks waiting for over two hours. We pass my office and I nod at Nicolette, my latest secretary, a darling young thing I''m quite fond of. Given some time, she might become number four. But there is no time. Only minutes. A mob is waiting--packs of lawyers and some psychiatrists who''ll determine if I''m in my right mind. They are crowded around a long table in my conference room, and when I enter, their conversation stops immediately and everybody stares. Snead situates me on one side of the table, next to my lawyer, Stafford. There are cameras pointing in all directions, and the technicians scramble to get them focused. Every whisper, every move, every breath will be recorded because a fortune is at stake. The last will I signed gave little to my children. Josh Stafford prepared it, as always. I shredded it this morning. I''
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O’Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan’s family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate goes crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman—pursued by enemies and friends alike—holds a stunning surprise of her own.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

“A compulsory page-turner.”—Newsweek

“Grisham includes his trademark legal wrangling, zippy plot and engaging minor characters. . . . His hordes of fans won’t be disappointed.”—USA Today

“Absorbing . . . The pages fly by.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Entertaining.”—The New York Times Book Review