The Summons

The Summons

Large Print - 2002
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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 No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.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.

Baker & Taylor
For the first time since A Time to Kill, the author returns to Ford County, Mississippi, a place rich in colorful characters and dark family secrets, for his latest legal thriller. (Suspense)

Baker
& Taylor

Ray Atlee and his brother, Forrest, receive a letter from their father, a reclusive, retired judge, instructing them to return home to Clanton, Mississippi, to discuss his estate, but the judge dies before his sons arrive, leaving behind a secret known only to Ray.

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2002
Edition: 1st large print ed
Description: 456 p. (large print) ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780375431487
0375431489
Branch Call Number: LP Gris

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tenet
Feb 14, 2016

Rated 4/10. I found this book thin on plot, with an unsurprising ending. Both of the brothers were dolts.

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rahmmie
Oct 28, 2015

One of the books by Grisham that I liked the least. Entertaining but with a very underwhelming ending

jhill59 Apr 02, 2015

Since first reading The Firm I have been a fan of Grisham's. The Summons does hold your interest and keeps you wondering how it will end.

With that said, when I reached the end of the book it left me wanting more. Not because it was good, but because it left holes open in what I felt Grisham could have closed up. Overall, the book is a good read but the ending is less than satisfactory in my opinion.

lv2tour Dec 25, 2014

I really like Grisham books, but it seems that most don't have an adequate ending. It would be nice to have had a definite ending to this book, but "see you in a year" is not quite the ending of a book that I ever envision as adequate.
I would prefer they all lived happily ever after, rather than see you in a year.
It just seems like his books are written to be made into movies and sequels. Am I the only one that thinks this way?
Still a good read though

timbert May 07, 2014

An obviously professional piece of writing, but why?

sharonb122 May 09, 2013

A fun easy read for vacation time and on the plane. A little variety away from the court room of Grisham's most frequent subject. Interesting family dynamics.

smiley18 Jun 01, 2012

First book that I read by Grisham, and I wasn't disappointed.

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sman46
Jan 09, 2011

Contrived ending.

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Reeshma
Jan 14, 2010

Surprisingly a Grisham book with no courtroom drama...not gr8 but a decent read...

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