Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
In this instance, a rich man kills himself to end the pain of cancer right after making a new will that removes his heirs from any inheritance. To make matters more difficult in this rural Mississippi town, he left most of it to his black house keeper of 3 years. That his family contests the new will is a no-brainer. Jake Brigance is the one picked by the deceased, even though the two never met. The central question of why would the deceased do such a thing is the focus of the trial.
The plot is an excellent follow-up to A Time To Kill and satisfies on a number of levels, from a host of interesting characters, a number of dirty tricks, and an ending believable enough to be satisfying. If you liked ATTK, you'll like this as well.