Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book #74 - Sycamore Row

I think A Time to Kill was one of my favorite books and when I saw this was a sequel, I grabbed it. In Sycamore Row, we come back to Ford County 3 years later when a recluse hangs himself and leaves a strange will behind. It's handwritten, cuts out his children and assigns the lawyer from the previous book, Jake Brigance, to execute his will. In it, he leave his entire fortune, $20+mm to his maid.

The book is a wild ride. We have no idea why he's leaving the money to her, and there's speculation and manuvering by the various lawyers here to try and break the will. As with other books, much of this one is the trial, with the characters from the first book making appearances. We even have a cameo from Willy, the editor from The Last Juror popping in.

It was a little slow to get going, but once it did, I had a hard time putting it down. At one point, I almost had tears in my eyes as the story is told. It's one I really enjoyed. 

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