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Our hero, Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic litigator with two ruined marriages in his wake and the IRS on his tail--is dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver to a remote settlement in the Pantanal, he encounters Rachel Lane, a pure-hearted missionary living with an indigenous tribe and carrying out "God's work." Rachel's grave dedication and kindness impress the jaded lawyer, so much that a nasty bout of dengue fever leads him to a vision that could change his life.
Back in the States, the legal proceedings drag on and Grisham has a high time with Phelan's money-hungry descendents, a regrettable bunch who squandered millions, married strippers, got druggy, and befriended the Mob. The youngest son, Ramble, is a multi-pierced, tattoo-covered malcontent with big dreams for his rock band, the Demon Monkeys. Will Nate get straight with Rachel's aid? Do the greedy heirs get theirs? What's the real legacy of a lifetime's work? The Testament is classic Grisham: a down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It's not just about great characters; it's about the question of what character is. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The story held me interest throughout the book. Also enjoyed learning something about the largest swamp in the world. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sharon Pinkston
Very fast read, like most of his books, you'll won't want to put this down. The ending was a little surprising. :)Published 1 day ago by Rodney G. Northern
Another spell-binding lawyer novel but as with so many of Grisham's novels, entirely different from those that have gone before. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Testament tells a story of an eccentric billionaire Troy Phelan,who committed suicide after being angry and rewriting his will which provides his $11-billion dollar fortune to... Read morePublished 8 days ago by DESERTMAN40
John Grisham is one of my favorite authors----and this one does not dissapoint! Loved it.Published 9 days ago by Barbara Lynch
This was a great book to read. The twists and turns of the plot kept interest and the writing was clear and flowed well.Published 10 days ago by tom munds