Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Sycamore RowJohn Grisham is in familiar territory back home in Mississippi with a fascinating legal battle. Eccentric and wealthy, Seth Hubbard despises most of his family and is estranged from everyone except his brother, Ancil… who has disappeared. No one knows if Ancil is still alive. However, Seth is dying of lung cancer and he decides to commit suicide. Before dying he creates a new handwritten will and sends it to Jake Brigance asking Jake to be his lawyer and execute his wishes.

Jake is famous in Clanton for defending a black man and getting him acquitted with an all-white jury. He is just bored enough to be fascinated by his new assignment. But the will is about to open ‘ a can of worms’. Seth has left nothing to his two children, Ramona and Herschel, but instead has left 95% to his housekeeper, Lettie Lang. Since a more formal will was filed several years before, this new will opens a huge court battle. Jake hopes he is ready for this adventure.

Ramona and Herschel’s lawyers are prepared to do anything to make the handwritten will ‘null & void’, and I mean anything! Jake will need all his skills to have Lettie inherit Hubbard’s fortune.

I can promise you one thing–if you hated lawyers before reading this book, you will detest them even more afterwards. John Grisham is one of my favorite authors and this is one of his best books!

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