Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham returns to the iconic setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.

“Welcome back, Jake. . . . [Brigance] is one of the most fully developed and engaging characters in all of Grisham’s novels.”—USA Today

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy white man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and defense attorney Jake Brigance into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. 

The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

Don’t miss any of John Grisham’s gripping Jake Brigance novels:

Book Reviews


Predictable2 star

Long, boring and predictable. Not my favorite25


Realistic and satisfying4 star

Realistic characters and context. Well written as with all of his novels. I would like to see Jake again and maybe develop his personal relationships a little more in depth.45


Sycamore Row5 star

I’ve read many of Mr. Grisham’s novels. This one escaped me so many years ago. I’ve read several Ford County novels, and the legal thrillers, and also the unusual Painted House masterpiece. My favorite writer, just found this in 2018. You are an inspiration to all modern day authors, Mr. Grisham. Clean, riveting, and fun. Thank you.55

JP Judy

Sycamore Row5 star

This is my second time reading Sycamore Row. The good thing about getting old is you forget how books ended so it’s fun to read the exceptional ones over again. Great writing, great storytelling.55


Qsad5 star



Not one of his best works2 star

Decent plot with somewhat predictable yet still enthralling ending. Dozens of characters to remember though few are developed to their potential. Nowhere near the original that was so deeply captivating.25


Sycamore Row5 star

Finally read this and was not at all disappointed. The intricate circumstances, lives and goals were really presented in an interesting and understandable way. I was captivated by the deep emotions and the realistic friendships that existed between lawyers, police and the judge. The ending was so satisfactory, although I could not come up with a solution on my own. I have a lot of reading of John Grisham to do!55

Flukey Epiphany

Sycamore Row3 star

Another page turner by Grisham. The overtones of the ending, however, leave you more depressed than his usual feel good endings.35


Sycamore Row1 star

Poorly told. Not the usual high standard of writing.15


Sycamore Row5 star

Superb writing, keeps your interest. Grisham is one today's best, most consistent writers.55

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