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Book Review: Sycamore Row, by John Grisham

Right. Sequels. I checked out the definition of the word once I started reading Sycamore Row. I wasn’t wrong in my understanding of course, but just wanted to clarify. Is Sycamore Row a sequel to A Time to Kill, or a standalone second book that features some of the characters who were prominent in the first book? I feel it is more of the latter than the former, but it is a sequel in the sense that it continues the theme of racism and the defense of blacks by white attorney Jake Brigance. There are other returning characters of course, but the story of A Time to Kill doesn’t continue here. So other than character sketches of these returning characters, Sycamore Row is a book you can read as a standalone novel. Continue reading “Book Review: Sycamore Row, by John Grisham”

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Book Review: A Time to Kill, by John Grisham

Legal thrillers are a genre I’ve so far avoided taking up. Perhaps the closest I have come to reading one in the genre is reading the Perry Mason set of stories from Erle Stanley Gardner. Now those I particularly enjoyed. I’ve been often tempted to take up a Grisham novel when I see them staring at me from the library shelf, but somehow the interest had waned almost immediately. When Grisham’s Sycamore Row came to me for review, it mentioned it was the sequel to this book, which in turn is said to be one of his best ever books. I felt it would be good if I read this one first, to get an idea of the characters involved. Continue reading “Book Review: A Time to Kill, by John Grisham”