The Summons has ratings and reviews. Sammy said: I found this book on CD at my local library. They were having a sale, so I grabbed this CD. The Summons. December 7, Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He’s forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of. Join the John Grisham Mailing List. Sign up to get breaking news, exclusive content and thrilling offers. Please enter a valid email address. By clicking subscribe.

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They had talked for less than two minutes. To ask other zummons questions about The Summonsplease sign up. I agree certainly not the best John Grisham book but the standard is so high. About The Summons Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi—a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for forty years.


He hides it before Forrest Atlee, his ne’er-do-well younger brother, either in addiction or rehab from booze and drugs virtually his whole adult life, gets to the house in answer to a deathbed summons from Father, who wound up unexpectedly dead on arrival.

Their father is a prominent and powerful figure but has complicated relationships with his sons. 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. If the protagonist is not wholly likable, it’s sort of a downer.

The mystery is solved in the final 2 chapters. The Innocent Man October marks his first foray into non-fiction.

But the writing is only pedestrian, and also pretty clearly written by a committee. Choice number three, obviously. Aug 30, Richard rated it really liked it. It did, however, bestow upon the Atlees the status of “family money. Please enter a valid email address. Forget e-mail and even faxes. The Judge paid a local felon twenty dollars a week to cut the grass, and he did so with great reluctance.


The Judge was not one for small talk, hated gossip and idle chitchat, whether written or spoken. The Best Books of He had just been summoned, and as irritating as it was, he had no doubt that he and his brother would drag themselves before His Honor for one more lecture.

And he was supposed to be writing a book, another drab, tedious volume on monopolies that would be read by no one but would add handsomely to his pedigree. View Full Version of PW. Deceased father was a well respected judge. He recognized it immediately since such envelopes had been a part of his life for as long as he could remember.

The Summons – John Grisham

There obviously was no overall outline of the plot. And perhaps someone else. 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.

The Judge’s grandfather had fought with Forrest at Shiloh and throughout the Deep South, and to him no figure in history was more revered. Half of this book is devoted to the question of “did dad make his money gambling?

He cannot just drive around the south with the money in the back of his Audi for two hundred pages. Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. However, reaching the final part, you find the events rushing up again, but unfortunately not enough to make up for or exceed the excessive boredom haunting you all through the middle chapters.

Llevaba tiempo sin leer nada de Grisham. But the Judge had run his family in pretty much the same manner as he’d run his courtroom, and that was the principal reason Ray Atlee was teaching law in Virginia and not practicing it in Mississippi.

But the choices for a novel are more restricted than that. The Atlee bloodline was thinning to a sad and inevitable halt, which didn’t bother Ray at all.

The Judge didn’t believe in zip codes either. Is it Forrest brothers voice? The red and yellow maples that once lined the street had died of some unknown disease.


It was a biological miracle that Forrest had produced no children, but so far none had been discovered.

It came with another letter, a magazine, and two invoices, and was routinely placed in the law school mailbox of Professor Ray Atlee. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA. Our main character Ray finds a fortune in the house, and then has to forfeit symmons. I got the feeling reading it that even Grisham himself wasn’t too excited about it, but was just getting off his once-a-year obligation to his publisher.

Something unexpected could happen any moment. She’d died four years earlier and since then no one had vacuumed the floors or touched the furniture with polish. It all starts when law professor Ray Atlee and his prodigal brother, Forrest, are summoned home by their ai I’m surprised to see how many readers were disappointed with this book since I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Our hearts will never be satisfied and we will never have enough. Jul 26, Kelly rated it did not like it.

We could have him split it with his brother, but, again, that goes against the greed motive, and also, maybe he really does care about his irresponsible brother. It too was grandly embossed with the Judge’s name and former title and address, again minus the zip code.

Go to any college you want. Ray and Forrest seem to be cooperating in the death-related tasks — to close the father’s estate, sell the old family summone, etc. Neither would ever live there; in fact, Forrest had not set foot in the house in many years. The story is about two brothers that have led very different lives.