Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row

Book - 2013
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Jun 29, 2019

The sequel to the first Brigance story, A Time to Kill, the pacing, characters and plot is well executed, but its predictable, a quality not associated with Grisham novels. That said, it's difficult not to enjoy the story, which in some ways emulates the first book without duplicating the plot. Here we see Jake's legal career take a turn from criminal prosecution to probate of a total stranger's will. Similar to the first book, racial elements are involved, though this is the only similarity. If you enjoy the Brigance character or Grisham, you'll find this a good read.

Excellent story line, entwines some modern sensibilities into old racist history of the south and some of the challenges people face when standing up for justice in a small southern town. The protagonists were fallible and people made bad decisions but in the end justice was done. Great reading.

Feb 06, 2019

I thought this was one of Grisham’s best.

Jun 28, 2018

Between the library and, I've listened to approximately 50 books in the last 8 months. This book was undoubtedly my favorite! The plot is superb and the narrator is unbelievable!!!

Mar 01, 2018

I was a little disappointed after reading "Rooster Bar," so I went back and re-read "Sycamore Row." It was well worth it.

Apr 26, 2017

Grisham wasn't always a liberal; in youth he was plebian, but with riches so many lose touch with reality and become liberals. This a lynching story so, like Faulkner--another liberal, he has to play to his liberal borg and give us his black lynching tale. We are again with Jake Brigance, but this time in a civil suit instead of defense of a murderer in a criminal trial. Grisham practiced law for some years before writing his first book A Time to Kill in which we meet Jake, so he is adept at showing us some law at work.

Nov 07, 2016

Mr. Grisham should take a year off! I read to page 100 and was disappointed that he could not write about the reputation of a lawyer without resorting to vulgarity, the body framework of a waitress without being crude, and a lawyer trying to make out with wife... I am no prude!

Aug 26, 2016

Grisham doesn't disappoint!

Jun 02, 2016

Good to read continuation of Jake's life after "A Time to Kill".

May 22, 2016

Too long, he may be getting paid by the word. But as ever, a good story.

Apr 15, 2016

An excellent book. The only problem I had with it was the repetition of already laid out facts. Nevertheless, it was a definite page turner and the basis for the title becomes apparent only at the end.

Mar 04, 2016

I was curious to see how Grisham would bring Jake Brigance back and he did a great job with this book. Plot was intriguing from the beginning and developed well. The legal machinations of the two sides in the courtroom was well played out. I would definitely recommend this book - amazing audiobook - the narrator was fantastic.

VON CORNEILLE Jan 12, 2016

This book was great.

Jan 10, 2016

It was okay but it was not one of Grisham's best. He telegraphed the ending and the rabbit-out-of-a-hat trick works but not in every book

Aug 04, 2015

This was the first book I read by Grisham, was a bit slow at the start but soon changed into a page turner. Really enjoyed it!

Jul 18, 2015

Listened to the audiobook and both the story and the narrator were good. Good enough that that I went back and watched the movie "A Time to Kill".

Jul 17, 2015

This was another good read by John Grisham. He brought back the lawyer who was in the book "A Time To Kill".

Jun 17, 2015

John Grisham has written another book that will captivate America. It is almost a sequel to The Firm.

Apr 03, 2015

The story is very slow to unfold. It shows the tedium of the legal justice system. There are a couple of good twists and turns in the plot. It should discourage anyone from going to law school.

Apr 01, 2015

I enjoyed this John Grisham book. It begins quickly and mostly kept my interest, although it did drag a bit in the middle chapters. Once the court room scenes opened, however, the pace quickened, and I could not put the book down.

Feb 18, 2015

I learned a lot about last wills and testaments in this book. The story line was good, the outcome somewhat predictable, the dialogue was amusing at times, the narrator was outstanding.

Dec 26, 2014

I loved this book. It was so well thought through. All pieces were tied together...a wonderful work. If you didn't finish it, go back and read the entire book. It's worth it.

Dec 14, 2014

Loved this book!! No dull moment through the entire book with a feel-good ending. I am ready and look forward to reading all of Grisham's books.

Dec 03, 2014

Brilliant. I reread A Time to Kill and then read "Sycamore Row". I couldn't stop reading after the first chapter. Very readable. His characters are so true to life and easy to visualize. I would recommend this book with no hesitation.

Nov 25, 2014

I just finished reading this book and loved it. I was captivated from the moment I started reading as usual with John Grisham books. It also taught a lesson to try to make ammends no matter how long it takes. I highly recommend this book.

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