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The Summons (2002)
by John Grisham
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385339593, Paperback)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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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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick and lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.Knowing the end is near.Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return return to Clanton to discuss his estate.
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