The Summons

The Summons

Book - 2002
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780440241072
0440241073
9780385503822
0385503822
Branch Call Number: F GRI
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm

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NRBBrady
Jan 15, 2018

I have been a Grisham fan from his first efforts, and The Summons was an okay read. Maybe not as intense as some of his other novels, but the family dynamics were believable, there were multiple ways for this to go and there were many potential "bad guys" so it was entertaining. Ending left a little to be desired; not sure if the door is open to a sequel, but not sure if I would be open to a sequel. A weak ending shouldn't necessarily be rewarded!

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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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