Monday, 28 July 2014

Jake Brigance #2 Sycamore Row

Presenting Jake Brigance #2 Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

Here is the summary of the book:

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?

I am pretty new to the Grisham experience and the only other one I have read was the fourth Theodore Boone book, The Activist and now reading Sycamore Row has given me quite the insight into Grisham's style and his brand of courtroom drama. And I liked this so much more than the Acticist. Law is not my favorite subject at all but Grisham's writing style was enough to keep us hooked until the end.

As such I haven't read the first book in the series, A time to Kill, but these are standalones so I didn't that to read this. But Grisham sure made Will contests an interesting read with this book.

Seth Hubbard has committed suicide after battling lung cancer for so long leaving behind a holographic (handwritten) will naming Jake Brigance as the attorney of the estate, kicking his family from the inheritance and leaving the substantial amount of his estate to his black housekeeper. Naturally the family wants to contest this Will but this is a bloodbath and just every lawyer out there wants to cash in on this battle. But overall I enjoyed this book very much.

"A smart and scintillating court room drama"
Genre :      Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Legal Thriller

PublisherHodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 22th October, 2013

My Copy: Hachette India

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Other Books from Author (review links):
            Theodore Boone #4 The Activist

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 


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