Sycamore Row is John Grisham’s follow-up to his 1989 novel, A Time to Kill. Set three years later in Clanton, Mississippi, attorney Jake Brigance’s life and career are not where he expected them to be.
Jake’s life is turned upside down when cancer-ridden, local millionaire Seth Hubbard writes a holographic will the day before committing suicide and names Jake as the executor. The twist is that Seth’s new will disinherits his children and names his African-American maid as the primary beneficiary. Did Seth make this decision because he was suffering from the effects of chemotherapy and pain management medications, was he only trying to spite his negligent children or did he have a legitimate reason?