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Book Review: John Grisham Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance #2)




Rating
3 out of 5 stars 
Country
United States 
Writers
John Grisham 
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
Sub Genre
Historical 
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Plot Summary
Sycamore Row is the second novel in the Jake Brigance series by author John Grisham.  Millionaire Seth Hubbard commits suicide due to suffering from cancer.  Before his suicide he sends Jake Brigance a new will in which he cuts out his children from his inheritance and instead leaves the bulk of his estate to his black housekeeper Lettie Lang in a new will in which he renounces all former wills.  Knowing his children will fight he instructs Jake to act as the new will's executor in a battle that will expose secrets of his and Lettie's past.

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My Review
It has been 25 years since we first saw Jake Brigance in his original and racially charged novel A Time To Kill  (although this novel is set not long after the first).  Now Grisham has returned to his character in a new novel.  It is certainly a solid legal drama in which the various ins and outs of probate law are discussed but made around a plot which manages to make this interesting.

Of course it covers race.  Although not quite in such a dramatic fashion as the first novel.  Instead race is centred a lot on the jury and the idea of a black woman inheriting all that money from a white man.  The reasons for this become clear towards the end, as does the reason for the novels title and it is the ending that sees Jake and Grisham return to the more familiar ground of the first novel.

The book is also much more focused on the case itself.  Jake does not face the personal trials as he did in the first novel.  He is not attacked in anyway.  It is the back story to this case involving Lettie and Seth that make it an interesting novel even if it did ultimately seem a forced way of ending it.


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