Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Summons

The Summons
Author: John Grisham
Read by Michael Beck
8 discs (approx 9 hours of listening)

Judge Atlee has been a powerhouse in local politics and law in his hometown of Clanton, Mississippi for over forty years.  But he is dying, and has turned into a recluse.  He has summoned his two boys, Ray and Forrest, home to discuss his estate before he dies.  Ray is a good son, recently divorced, a professor of law at the University of Virginia.  Forrest is a black sheep to end all black sheep.  Forrest doesn't show up at the appointed time, and Ray himself is too late.  His father has died before any discussion could take place, and Ray is left knowing a shocking secret that he hopes only he knows.  But someone else might.

Personal notes:  I am really enjoying this Grisham novel,  Some of Grisham's  law novels are more involved with the cases/trial etc end of it and others have more solid foundation for establishing great characters and backstory versus being in the courtroom for the majority of the book---this is the case in this novel.  The setting is Mississippi so when characters are speaking in the book there is a Southern drawl-the reader, Michael Beck does an excellent job reading this book--Very easy to get into this book from the very beginning. 

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