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The Summons

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Michael Beck

8 Hours 48 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2002

Audio Book Summary

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 No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.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

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  • Dora M.

    The only good part was the very end. I love John Grisham books, was very surprised and disappointed with the story.

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  • Coral

    What would you do with 3 Mil. That is about the only question this book brought to my mind It was slow with twisted ending Took til disc 7 to get you involved

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  • Mark C

    Very slow moving, and the premise seems unreasonable. No one would overthink the situation like the main character.

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  • Werner

    This story was entertaining; good, but not great. Narrator was great to hear and kept a level of interest. Don't understand why some folks didn't like this story, but alas. Would recommend this book as easy listening but certainly not mind twisting

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  • Carl H

    A good read; a good story; but typical of Grisham the ending, although full of irony, was weak.

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  • Diane M

    I can't believe that some people didn't like this book. I thought it was excellent, an interesting diversion from Grisham's usual stories. I just wish there had been an epilogue, since that ending just seemed to need closure. Michael Beck was a great narrator, and I'll certainly look for more of his narrations.

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    John Grisham is as always at his best. Reader is excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    This book is definitely not as good as a typical John Grisham novel. It was very slow and not very exciting. Not sure I would recommend it to others. Stick with his other classics.

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  • James

    This book had me wanting to not put it down once I started it. For me it was great, took place in MS where I grew up and also had the main character flying a plane which I love to do as well. It was fast moving and full of suspense. Did not learn about the summons until the end. Great book. You will love it.

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  • Toxic

    Grisham is always good-at times great--this effort is good-but-not one of the better examples of his work.

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