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The Summons by John Grisham

The Summons (2002)

by John Grisham

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There have been many of John Grisham books I loved, and some that just bored me. This one was a winner. I love the stories that include familiar characters. In this case we have Harry Rex that has been in the Jake Briggance books. I like him. He's funny.

In this story we have a judge who dies and his estate is in question. Our main character Ray finds a fortune in the house, and then has to forfeit it. I really enjoyed it a great deal. I would definitely recommend this book to those that enjoy the Fort County stories. ( )
  jlsimon7 | Feb 26, 2016 |
Standard Grisham formulas with some sibling rivalry and family bitterness thrown in. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
After Ray Atlee’s ailing father passes away, he looks around the house and finds 3 million dollars hidden in boxes in a cabinet. As executor, he learns that the cash is not listed as an asset anywhere so he decides to take the money and think about what to do with it. Unfortunately, someone else knows about the money and wants it too.

This was a suspenseful story as Ray tries to figure out where the money came from without telling anyone about it, including his younger brother with a drug habit. Ray is likeable and realistic in the actions he takes. There were a couple of twists near the end. I liked it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Apr 3, 2015 |
The Summons. Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi–a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The summons is typed by the... ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 2, 2015 |
Yet another good story with a disappointing ending. It had been telegraphed, but didn't really stand up to much scrutiny. Grisham can write a good book but he rarely writes a satisfying ending. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Law professor Ray Atlee and his prodigal brother, Forrest, are summoned home to Clanton, Mississippi, by their ailing father to discuss his will. But when Ray arrives the judge is already dead, and the one-page document dividing his meager estate between the two sons seems crystal clear. What it doesn't mention, however, is the small fortune in cash Ray discovers hidden in the old man's house--$3 million he can't account for and doesn't mention to brother Forrest, either.

Ray's efforts to keep his find a secret, figure out where it came from, and hide it from a nameless extortioner, who seems to know more about it than he does, culminate in a denouement with an almost biblical twist. It's a slender plot to hang a thriller on, and in truth it's not John Grisham's best in terms of pacing, dramatic tension, and interesting characters (except for Harry Rex, a country lawyer who was the judge's closest friend and in many ways is the father Ray wishes he'd had. He's so vivid he jumps off the page). But Grisham's legions of fans are likely to enjoy The Summons even if it lacks the power of some of his classic earlier books, like The Firm, The Brethren, and The Testament. --Jane Adams

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Ray Atlee and his brother, Forrest, receive a letter from their father, a reclusive, retired judge, instructing them to return home to Clanton, Mississippi, to discuss his estate, but the judge dies before his sons arrive, leaving behind a secret known only to Ray.… (more)

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