The Summons (Large Print / Paperback, Large Print)

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 No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.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

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of "Skipping Christmas," "A Painted House," "The Brethren," "The""Testament," "The Street Lawyer," "The Partner," "The Runaway Jury," "The Rainmaker, The Chamber," "The Client," "The Pelican Brief," "The Firm," and "A Time to Kill." "From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For…

The Summons ranks as my absolute favorite in many years...[with] an ending too delicious and morally instructive to give away.”—USA Today

“A pleasure to read...a good yarn.”—The Washington Post

From the Paperback edition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375431975
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: December 17th, 2002
Pages: 464