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Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.
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 --
Another nice legal thriller by Grisham, although this one doesn’t dwell as much in court procedures as the previous books I’ve read from him.
A testament starts a whole lot of trouble for the supposed heirs and an unpleasant adventure for an alcoholic lawyer that has to plough thru the Pantanal, probably one of the most impressive wild life preserves in the world, in search of a newly named heir to 11 bilion dollars.
It’s an entertaining page turner but not as good as some of the books I’ve read by Grisham, namely A Time To Kill.
The character of Troy Phelan makes a small cameo appearance in the book but it’s by far one of the best in the book, his sense of humour is fantastic.
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Sent to ElHurricane today (02.08.2007)
- ElHurricane (Portugal)
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It was my first Grisham and I'm looking forward to get into more of him.
The book is thrilling and I couldn't stop reading it. Everytime I finished a page another had to be turned.
The heirs are quite a bunch: they waste out millions of dollars as they breathe and didn't deserve all they got.
The final destiny of the Phelan money was thr right one...
Thanks again kizmiaz for the chance to read this book.
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Thank you kizmiaz for the opportunity.