Sycamore Row: A Novel by John Grisham

Sycamore Row: A Novel

byJohn Grisham

Kobo ebook | October 22, 2013

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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***

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Title:Sycamore Row: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385537921

ISBN - 13:9780385537926

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Really good book. Enjoyed from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore row Enjoyed this enormously. It,s good to catch up with old friends, the story keeps you glued to the book!
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Grisham Favourite! I always find it difficult to get into another writer's work after reading a John Grisham novel! For me, no one else has this ability.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cycamore Row Too predictable right from the beginning. Not up to the usual standards of other Grisham books. No suspense.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row This book highlights the fact that there are people of all race, origin and culture that struggle with the past and want o fix the negatives and stereotypes but need someone to believe that it can be done Always enjoy Johns books
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing.. Awesome. Full of twists and turns. Things kept popping up that surprised me. A great read. Another John Grisham masterpiece.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row A great read in true Grisham Style. I loved revisiting Jake Brigance, Harry Rex Vonner and Judge Atlee and hope to be able to go back again someday.
Date published: 2015-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row. I think Mr. Grisham writes a good story and one learns about the law in America. Sycamore Row was interesting because in bought out a lot of feelings that people still have. It was great that in the end it brought people together. You know there is only one race, and it is human. M. Fisher.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Captivating Loved it from beginning to end and if it was another 500 pages I would have continued to enjoy it. Probably my favorite Grisham book!
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row This was a great book. I really enjoyed it. The characters were real and down to earth. Another great read from John Grisham
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!!!!! Locked me in from the first page!! Truly a joy to read a tome with such depth and thought. This is one of my favorites and surely an instant classic.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row Grisham does a great job of keeping the reader engaged throughout what could be a rather dull process in will judgement. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Syvamore Row Great use of characters from A Time To Kill . Completely different isues but similar in many ways. History of south still having huge affect on lives . Great resolution.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down... Being a fan of A Time to Kill, I was excited for Sycamore Row. Grisham did not disappoint taking us back to the south inside the courthouse with Jake Brigance, Harry Rex and the drunken Lucien Wilbanks. Fingers crossed that this too makes it to the big screen.
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore row Awesome, captivating just makes you want Amazing, captivating, makes you just want more. Can't wait to go back to Ford County.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row Awesome book. Don't want to put it down. Another good book by John Grisham.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another excellent novel from Grisham John Grisham does it again. An engaging read with a great plot. A once you start you can't put it down read!
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Great sequel and looking forward to the next in this series!
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait Like catching up with old friends, loved this book.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sycamore row Great interesting story
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row Loved every minute of the read, another great journey from Grisham
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Far from his usual standards I bought this when it first came out for my mum's birthday and then she gave it to me to read the other week. To be honest we were both less than impressed. We have every one of his books and absolutely love them but this one we both found hard to get stuck into. There was nothing particularly gripping, I'd already figured out what the end was by 2/3 of the way through so there was no surprise. I didn't find any of the characters likeable so I felt myself not really caring who got the money. I have to say the thing that really frustrated me the most about this book was the repetitiveness of it. He repeats the same things over and over and over... yes we get it, the Hailey trial... no need to keep reminding us every chapter! Anyway, usually I love his books but I really didn't care for this one.
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional! Emotional and powerful story! It pulled me in and kept me reading late into the night with its twists and strong characters.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel- John Grisham is a great storyteller. He knows what he is doing. This novel is well done from the beginning to the end. Amazing time reading this book. Amazing. This is my first time reading this kind of (popular) author and I am loving this way to write.  I have been reading another two books at the same time and this novel grab my total attention. 
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row Like so many other Grisham readers, I, too, have every book he has written. In this latest one, the master story-teller has outdone himself! Although we know it is fiction, even the most jaded, staunchest, stoic reader of fiction will be tempted to brush away a tear or two when reading this fantastic story! 
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sycamore Row Story engaging...however.....repetitive  use of the word "sips" becomes distractive.  Page after page......24 x by p124 .  Does this not bother anyone else???????
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Another stunning story from Mr. Grisham. Back to his first book with enough information to take you back to his first novel. I have every book he's written, in hard copy, and the only complaint I have is that he only writes one per year. This latest novel does not disappoint. Bravo, Mr. Grisham.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Twenty five years ago, the initial print run of John Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, was 5000 copies. His second novel propelled him onto the bestseller lists - where every subsequent novel has landed. In his latest novel, Sycamore Row, Grisham takes us back to Clanton, Mississippi and his first character - 'street lawyer' Jake Brigance. Three years ago, in 1985, Jake successfully defended a black man accused of murder - the murder of the white rapists of his ten year old daughter. The trial and verdict divided the town and racial tension still runs high. I was waiting for just the right time to crack the spine of Sycamore Row. (Figuratively speaking of course because I would never hurt a book. ;) I just knew that once I started, I wouldn't want to put it down. And I was right - I was hooked from the opening lines.... "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." It turns out that reclusive Seth was extremely wealthy. And that he changed his will in the days before his death. His new handwritten will lands in the office of Jake Brigance, delivered by mail the day after Seth's death. Hubbard has cut out his children and left the bulk of his estate to his housekeeper of three years - a black woman named Lettie Lang. Jake doesn't know Seth Hubbard but is determined to follow Seth's instructions to the letter of the law. By doing so, he's in for another fight.... Oh man! I loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Nobody does legal thrillers like Grisham. Really, you don't even need the 'legal' qualifier. Grisham is pure and simple, one heck of a storyteller. Absolutely one of the best. His prose flow seamlessly, drawing the reader ever deeper into the story and the town of Clanton. I could picture myself sitting at the diner, with Dell pouring coffee, and listening to the latest gossip. The characters are really well drawn. Jake is extremely likable, principled and the kind of lawyer you'd want in your corner. I also quite enjoy the other supporting legal players - drunken, but canny Lucien Wilbanks, the pronouncements of Harry Rex and the astuteness of Sheriff Ozzie Walls. Grisham brings his setting to life - the town, culture, attitudes and more are all detailed and benefit greatly from the author's own past. The legal machinations employed are just as detailed (and interesting) Grisham both grew up in the South and practiced law in Mississippi. The plotting is excellent, the tension palpable and the journey to the final pages and reveal is oh so good. Absolutely addictive reading, Stick this one in your own stocking - five stars for sure!
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Another stellar story from John Grisham. Mr. Grisham has the uncanny ability to draw you in from the very first page. I have purchased all of his books, in hard cover, and my only wish is that he could somehow figure out a way to write two books per year, instead of one! I mark my calendar when I get notice that he is releasing his latest publication and usually pre-order it so it is delivered as soon as it is released. My favorite author ever - was so sorry to turn the final page on this story. Bravo, Mr. Grisham!
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grisham has returned!! I own all of John Grisham novels, and have longed for the old style of writing and story telling. The characters returned with new ideas and mannerisms. The final ending is true Grisham. Thank you John Grisham for this novel.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad Grisham returned to Ford County As usual I had a hard time putting it down. Wish he could write faster.
Date published: 2013-11-18