The Summons

The Summons

Book - 2002
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A pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years, Judge Atlee is now a shadow of his former self--a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. Knowing that the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. Ray Atlee is the elder, a Virginia law professor, newly single, still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. Forrest is Ray's younger brother, the family's black sheep.

The summons 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 he now prefers 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 to someone else.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2002.
ISBN: 9780345531988
9780385503822
0385503822
Branch Call Number: GRI
Characteristics: 341 p.

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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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