The Summons : Harry Rex Vonner

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • Series: Harry Rex Vonner
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's 43, 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No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.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.


What the Critics Say

"No one tells a story better than Grisham" (Evening Standard)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved it.

Good story and narrator, kept me guessing till the end. Enjoyed this one as much as the last.
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- Mummybee

Grisham nails it again

Would you consider the audio edition of The Summons to be better than the print version?

Good plot, interesting twists and wonderfully rich characters. Grisham's insight into character development is exceptional, another Graham Greene.

Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favourite?

The deceased's brother.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Death - the great healer

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- T. Dickson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-10-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton