Sycamore Row by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A bit slow going in places but an enjoyable read.
Jake Brigance is still trying to recover from the fallout from the Hailey Trial (A Time to Kill), the insurance company hasn't settled on Jack's home that was burned to the ground by the KKK, the Brigance's are living in a cramped rental and the law practice is barely making ends meet. So when Seth Hubbard's holographic will arrives at Jack's office the day following Seth's suicide Jake is thrilled at the chance to make some money and get out of debt.
Seth's handwritten will cuts his two children Herschel Hubbard and Ramona Hubbard Dafoe, their children and his ex-wives completely out, and leaves 90% of his estate to his African American maid Lettie Lang, 5% to his brother Ancil if he is still alive and 5% to his church.
Herschel and Ramona immediately hire lawyers to prove that Seth wasn't in his right mind when he wrote the holographic will and try to discredit Lettie any way they can.
Jack looks to be loosing the case when Lucien tracks down Ancil, who reveals the secret of Sycamore Row and Lettie's Grandfather.
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