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  • Title: The Summons
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9780385339599
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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 AtleRay 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and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details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.
    John Grisham
    Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player Realizing he didn t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve year old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl s father had murdered her assailants Getting up at 5 a.m every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987 Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grisham s hobby However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full time career and spark one of publishing s greatest success stories The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for 600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham s reputation as the master of the legal thriller Grisham s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell This time around, it was a bestseller.Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages Nine of his novels have been turned into films The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas , as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man The Innocent Man October 2006 marks his first foray into non fiction.Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five year hiatus, to the courtroom He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full time writer representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients case, earning them a jur


    Commentaires:

    Sammy Loves Books
    I found this book on CD at my local library. They were having a sale, so I grabbed this CD set.This turned out to be a mystery about a son finding 3 million dollars in cash, stashed in boxes, in his deceased father's home. Deceased father was a well respected judge.Someone knows that Ray has found this money, and is intimidating him to return it with acts of violence. The mystery is solved in the final 2 chapters. It was so Anti-climactic that I felt like part of the book was missing. But NO!! A [...]

    Stephen
    I'm surprised to see how many readers were disappointed with this book since I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe the plot was a bit thin and predictable, but Grisham's writing style is so smooth and easy to read that I was able to consume this book in two sittings. It was like I was able to sit down and visit with an old friend. Perhaps some other readers confused this familiarity with boredom. It all starts when law professor Ray Atlee and his prodigal brother, Forrest, are summoned home by their ai [...]

    John Conrad
    Grisham has thrilled in the past, but those days are over, it appears. While I appreciated the theme of two brothers conflict over a large inheritance, and the drug addiction part was interesting, I thought I would go mad if Ray Atlee went to one more casino or hotel or restaurant or old friend or law office or rich lawyer's yacht or storage unit or private detective. ad nauseum Grisham is not his old self. I recommend The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Runaway Jury, po [...]

    BillKerwin
    Not a very compelling read. Good while in the small Southern town, but boring just about everywhere else. A disappointment.

    Claire Grasse
    And Grisham continues his downhill slide, unarrested.Oh for the days of his earlier books, when the plots were intricately woven and I couldn't put the books down! You know what I thought when I read this book (and King of Torts, and The Broker)? I thought, OK, JG, we get it that you're a rich boy now, and now you want to explore your rich-boy interests in your fiction. Single malt whiskey, high-stakes gambling, yachts, piloting small aircraft whatever. The reader can almost see the author's lat [...]

    Rebecca McNutt
    The Summons is a little overdramatic, but a great legal thriller heavily immersed in mystery, corruption and family dysfunction.

    Dan
    Boring. Predictable. Stupid. Read it only if you really hate yourself.

    Nenette
    Everything about it is good, but the ending did not work well for me. It is Grisham all the way, with a little twist, as this time there was no case in court, no big time law officeThe summons is a document of such, though called so with a sarcastic tone. There was the usual thrill and suspense and it wasn't quite late in the book when I figured out the culprit. I read somewhere that The King of Torts is a thematic sequel to The Summons, so I'm reading that next. Never mind that it's only "thema [...]

    Fatema
    When I first looked at the book, I first noticed a dull scene of a car driving to infinity as the sun reached the end of the horizon. But, as I read through the book, I grew more interested in the plot and just couldn’t put down the book. I found this book unique in its content and also the characters seemed so life-like. The book I am talking about is “The Summons” by a wonderful author named John Grisham.I give this book a decent four stars because of its surprising characters and powerf [...]

    Bill
    Writing For the Money (2012)Grisham, John (2002). The Summons. New York: Random House.A lawyer in Mississippi finds three million dollars in cash in his father’s house after the old man dies. The money is not mentioned in the will, and indeed there is no obvious way the judge could have amassed that much cash. Should the lawyer declare it to the IRS and lose half in taxes, as the law requires, or quietly split it with his no-good, loser, drug-addict brother who would probably use it to overdos [...]

    Natalie Vellacott
    Another Grisham book concluded, definitely an improvement on A Time to Kill in terms of the graphic content in the latter. I guess the problem with this book is that nothing much happens in the first half--it is very slow and takes a long time to really get off the ground. The story is about two brothers that have led very different lives. One is a responsible professor of law and the other has spent most of his adult life checking in and out of drug rehab facilities. Their father is a prominent [...]

    Kelly
    So I'm at my mom's house drooling over her book collectionOkay, I'm lying. I'm looking over two shelves of either leftover college books in uninteresting subjects or my mother's extension collection of John Grisham books. They're all in hardcover. Let's just say she's a huge fan. I've avoided his books like I avoid anything I see on the bestseller's shelves assuming they are a bunch of crap because they are popular and popularity of most things literary tends to correlate with the number of idio [...]

    Una Tiers
    The plot has a fun premise. The paranoia is overplayed.

    Jerry B
    Shabby ending spoils good first three-fourths of money storyWe see now why literally half a thousand reviewers either panned or expressed their disenchantment with Grisham's latest. Obviously his name and rep make it a best seller regardless - the book's been out a little while, which is why a bazillion people have weighed in. Indeed, at first, we were captivated and entertained, almost in the style of The Firm or The Partner. Grisham sinks a hook early with the discovery of three million in col [...]

    Emanuel Ramos
    What was that ending? Seriously what was that?

    J
    MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. I DON'T HIDE MY REVIEWS, NOR DO I PROMOTE THEM VIA FEEDS.I understand why not all John Grisham books get made into movies. If the protagonist is not wholly likable, it's sort of a downer.That is the case with the main character in this book -- Ray Atlee, the older of two brothers who have grown up and grown apart from each other, as well as from their long widowed, now elderly dad. Both sons have made homes far from the small Mississippi town where their father, a widowed a [...]

    Richard
    Every once in a while you have to read something that isn’t deep and you are just carried along from page to page. That is what the Summons is. I’ve only read a few of his books but they are all about lawyers and usually old lawyers who die in the first few pages of the book. Then there are surprises that come up through out the book that keep you guessing. At the end you are totally surprised. That is the formula for Grisham. But, having said that I did like the book. An old judge dies and [...]

    Jlsimon
    There have been many of John Grisham books I loved, and some that just bored me. This one was a winner. I love the stories that include familiar characters. In this case we have Harry Rex that has been in the Jake Briggance books. I like him. He's funny.In this story we have a judge who dies and his estate is in question. Our main character Ray finds a fortune in the house, and then has to forfeit it. I really enjoyed it a great deal. I would definitely recommend this book to those that enjoy th [...]

    Ruth McFadden
    Got monotonous. Did not like ending.

    Dag Dawit
    The Summons is a great book. This is one of the best work done by John Grisham. It was a number one new york times bestseller. Filled with excitement, and mystery the summons is a must read for all book lovers. I would definetly recommend this book to my friends.The Summons is about a Judge that is well known in his city of Clanton Mississippi. Judge Atlee soon dies from sickness "there was no pulse Judge Reuben V.Atlee was dead". Since the judge knew that he was going to die he wrote a summon t [...]

    Neveen Helmi
    Though classified as a thriller, reading "The Summons" left me truly thrilled but only over the fact that I have finally got over with it. Worse kinds of stories, in my opinion, are those you bear on with just for the sake of knowing how they end and for the shame of quitting after you have gone that far. "The Summons" perfectly qualifies as one; it starts all promising, the suspense is building up, the main characters are getting gradually unfolded, and it seems that a lot more excitement is he [...]

    Jessica
    "Meh," that's all I have to say about this book. Definitely not Grisham's best. Found most of it rather dull, and Ray Atlee's decision-making skills annoyed me throughout the narrative. I'm not certain what I would do if I acquired that kind of cash, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't act that irrationally.

    Kim
    Great read.ist I didn't think was coming but shows the depravity of man

    James Nance
    A fun read, with a few loose ends. I'm on another Grisham kick.

    Andrea Ika
    The Summons (2002)by John Grisham (Author)Original Language: EnglishPublisher: DoubledayCountry: United StatesPublication Date: February 5, 2002ISBN: 978-0385503822Page Count: 384BlurbOnce Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi--a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a [...]

    Eric_W
    Grisham is an uneven writer, at least to my taste. Some of his books I really liked; others have been less entertaining. This one is excellent and doesn’t even have a murder. Ruben Atley was a highly respected judge. He had two sons: Ray and Forrest. Ray was a legal ethics professor at the University of Virginia making a good salary; Forrest had been a serious thorn in the judge’s side since adolescence and wandered from one rehab program to another trying to kick assorted addictive habits. [...]

    Reinhold
    Der alte Richter Reuben Atlee ist gestorben und hinterlässt zwei Söhne. Einer Juraprofessor (Ray) der andere ein drogenabhängiger Tunichtgut (Forrest). Als Ray in seinen Heimatort reist, um die Verlassenschaft zu regeln, findet er mehrere Kartons mit Geldscheinen. Er macht sich auf die Suche nach dem Ursprung dieses Geldes. Eine Suche die ihm seinen Vater neu kennen lernen soll. Der Hauptaspekt dieser Geschichte ist jedoch weniger die Suche nach dem Ursprung des Geldes, sondern die Veränderu [...]

    Mac
    Over the years, I've dismissed John Grisham's books, thinking there's not much there. Admittedly, my assessment has been based on hearsay as lawyers claim in the courtroom. So after some at-home marital disagreements on Grisham's writing, I decided to dive into The Summons.And I was pleased, sort of. The story moved along clearly (although slowly), and I was interested in the outcome. The plot ended in a twist that brought some symmetry to the the story and stimulated a little thinking about who [...]

    Kathy
    This was the 1st John Grisham book that I've read----after hearing rave reviews on him as an author. Thank goodness, he has written other books. The Summons was slow to start, long, boring and the characters were poorly developed. I kept thinking that it has to get better. The plot of what to do with $3 million dollars that 1 of 2 brothers found hidden in their dead father's home should have easily been dealt with in less than 300 pages. I actually read this in book form and it was 373 pages. I [...]

    Alex Bauer
    The main character is Ray Atlee, a law professor. His brother is Forest Atlee, a drug addict, and his father is Reuben V. Atlee, a retired judge. The book begins by Ray getting a note, a "summons" to come to be at his father's study to discuss family matters and related things. He gets there to find his father dead and finds his will, stating everything is to be divided evenly between him and his brother. When he looks through the house, his most important find is three million dollars in cash. [...]

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