by John Grisham
published by Doubleday
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 far 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? (Goodreads)
I admit to having a soft spot for John Grisham novels. It started when I entered college and didn’t really have a lot of time to read for pleasure. Grisham’s books were easy reads, yet interesting and fun. I think I have read almost everything he has written, with the exception go Calico Joe. That being said, I was very excited when I heard he was writing a sequel to one of my favs, A Time to Kill. I loved that book, and it doesn’t hurt that I think of Matthew McConaughey whenever I think of Jake Brigance. Sycamore Row picks up with Jake and all the original characters three years after the Hailey trial. Jake become involved in the trial to challenge a handwritten will of a white man who killed himself, and left almost everything to his black housekeeper. It might seem at times that Grisham follows a formula to write his courtroom dramas, but this is a fun, captivating, fast read. If you enjoy legal dramas, and a look into sour country’s complex race relations, I word definitely recommend this book!
4 out of 5 stars