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The Summons (2002)

by John Grisham

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Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep. And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse. With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate. It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.… (more)
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Readable but poor ending - damp squib
  MiriamL | Dec 10, 2021 |
Revised 2007. Puns, jokes, games, etc.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 11, 2021 |
An activity book.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 11, 2021 |
Ray is summoned by his dying father to discuss the estate, but the old man dies before the meeting.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 5, 2021 |
To me, The Summons wasn't up to Grisham's highest standards, but was still an enjoyable enough read. The plot had some unlikely elements, but to go into them might spoil the developing story for people who haven't yet read the book. See book jacket for a description of the story. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
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Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep. And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse. With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate. It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.

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Brothers Ray Atlee and Forrest, hear from their father, a reclusive, retired judge, telling them he wants to discuss his estate, but the judge dies before they arrive, leaving behind a secret.
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