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The Summons
The Summons
Author: John Grisham
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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440241072
ISBN-10: 0440241073
Publication Date: 12/17/2002
Pages: 384
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3.7 stars, based on 946 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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It's John Grisham. One of my favorites.
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A great story from Grisham. I was surprised and sad about the end.
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Grisham captivates you right from the start and keeps you in suspense to the very end.
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Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clatton, Mississipi--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 Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home.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. Ray Atlee is the eldes a Virginia law professor, newly single and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. Forrest is Ray's younger brother, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep.
The summons 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 and now prefers 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.

Great book, a mystery until the last few pages
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Very good. I read all night, couldn't put it down.
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John Grisham never seems to disappoint and this book is no exception. A great story that keeps you wanting to read to know who dunnit! I typically like a little romance in a story but this book didn't need that.
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