Sycamore Row - John Grisham

Sycamore Row

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Sycamore Row book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 8,603 Ratings)

Sycamore Row John Grisham Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham returns to the iconic setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.

“Welcome back, Jake. . . . [Brigance] is one of the most fully developed and engaging characters in all of Grisham’s novels.”—USA Today

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy white 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 defense attorney Jake Brigance 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?

Don’t miss any of John Grisham’s gripping books featuring Jake Brigance:
A TIME TO KILL • SYCAMORE ROW • A TIME FOR MERCY • SPARRING PARTNERS

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User reviews about this book

  • Amazing

    5
    By Ccthegog
    If you’re a fan of A Time To Kill you’ll love this one!
  • Great read

    5
    By kbm0125
    This was a great book. I love the Jake Brigance series.
  • Grisham’s Sycamore Row

    5
    By SFRANKLINPOPE
    Well done . Easy reading , told as only he can. Recommend to all .
  • Grisham at his best!

    5
    By SunnyAppleby
    Grisham writes with such depth. He tells the story from all sides and his characters are raw and real and flawed—even the good guys. I was immediately drawn in and couldn’t read the book fast enough to see what happened next. It’s a story about the best and worst of our laws, of our legal system and ultimately of us. We can’t find our way forward without looking at our history—all of it, not just the nice things. I had my doubts that this would be as good as “A Time to Kill.” I was mesmerized.
  • Great story

    5
    By jan969551
    Typical John Grissom, entertaining and educational.
  • Sycamore row

    5
    By coolmom418
    Excellent book.
  • Sycamore Row

    5
    By Greenrodeo
    Just read for the second time, having read it when it was first published. Enjoyed just as much the second time. The character of Jake and the other characters from A Time To Kill come alive again and the book holds you in its palm throughout. Great read, easy flow, easy to picture the town and countryside and the southern culture then.
  • Predictable

    2
    By Madiluc
    Long, boring and predictable. Not my favorite
  • Realistic and satisfying

    4
    By DMD TX
    Realistic characters and context. Well written as with all of his novels. I would like to see Jake again and maybe develop his personal relationships a little more in depth.
  • Sycamore Row

    5
    By WJMreborn
    I’ve read many of Mr. Grisham’s novels. This one escaped me so many years ago. I’ve read several Ford County novels, and the legal thrillers, and also the unusual Painted House masterpiece. My favorite writer, just found this in 2018. You are an inspiration to all modern day authors, Mr. Grisham. Clean, riveting, and fun. Thank you.

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