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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.
Was a great novel and fantastic read...until the last two chapters. I don't want to spoil the book at for anyone so won't comment much except to say that it was very rushed. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Reviewer XYZ
John Grisham usually starts out with a surprising beginning and then draws you in as the plot thickens. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Connie Hendrickx
The story ended to abruptly. It was as if the author was in a hurry to rap up the novel and finish it.Published 3 days ago by John M. Piper
From the first page, I was drawn into an incredible tale of mystery. I think this book is one of John Grisham's best.Published 3 days ago by Marilee Fowler
My favorite Grisham - love the character development & classic Grisham intrigue added to the unexpected South American setting.Published 6 days ago by E.R. Owen