By John Grisham
As soon as pass judgement on Atlee was once a robust determine in Clanton, Mississippi--a pillar of the group who towered over neighborhood legislation and politics for 40 years. Now the pass judgement on is a shadow of his former self, a unwell, lonely outdated guy who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral domestic. figuring out the top is close to, pass judgement on Atlee has issued a summons for his sons to come back to Clanton to debate his property. Ray Atlee is the eldest, a Virginia legislation professor, newly unmarried and nonetheless enduring the aftershocks of a shock divorce. Forrest is Ray’s more youthful brother, who redefines the idea of a family’s black sheep.
The summons is typed by means of the pass judgement on himself, on his good-looking outdated stationery, and offers the date and time for Ray and Forrest to seem in his research. Ray reluctantly heads south to his homeland, to where the place he grew up and now prefers to prevent. however the kinfolk assembly doesn't occur. The pass judgement on dies too quickly, and in doing so leaves in the back of a stunning mystery identified simply to Ray.
And might be another individual.
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Er wusste nicht, warum sich von allen Bildern gerade jenes in sein Gedächtnis eingebrannt hatte. Ein gewisser Trotz lag auch jetzt in Valerie Weymanns Haltung, der Art, wie sie ihre Schultern hielt und den Kopf. Als sich ihre Blicke begegneten, verlor sich dieser Eindruck jedoch. Ein Lächeln huschte über ihre Züge. «, sagte er. Bei ihrem Abschied vor achtzehn Monaten waren sie formlos zum Du übergegangen. Ihr Lächeln vertiefte sich. « Er betrachtete sie eingehend. Es schien ganz so, als hätte die Zeit die Spuren getilgt: die Schatten, die Angst.
Nervöse Blicke streiften sie. An der Rezeption griff eine der jungen Damen, die dort saß, sofort zum Telefon. �Wie schön, dass wir bereits erwartet werden«, bemerkte Wetzel spöttisch, der ebenfalls mit von der Partie war. « Mayer war nicht überrascht. Er kannte Gerwin Bender gut genug, um zu wissen, dass sie eine harte Nuss zu knacken hatten. Deswegen war er schließlich hier. Der Aufzug brachte sie in den dritten Stock und gab den Blick frei auf eloxiertes Metall, getönte Scheiben und einen Teppichboden, der jedes Geräusch schluckte.
Unangenehmes Schweigen folgte den scharfen Worten des Offiziers. Er war dafür bekannt, dass er kein Blatt vor den Mund nahm, doch Mayer schätzte ihn genau wegen dieser Geradlinigkeit. Er nickte dem Oberst zu, während er seinen Laptop aufklappte und den angeschlossenen Beamer einschaltete. « Alle Anwesenden wandten sich den Bildern zu, die das Gerät auf die weiße Wand projizierte: die karge Landschaft um Kundus; ausgebrannte Fahrzeugwracks; Einschlaglöcher von Geschossen; Detailaufnahmen von zerfetzten Seitenwänden der gepanzerten Wagen.
The Summons by John Grisham