The Summons & The Brethren : Harry Rex Vonner

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Frank Muller, Michael Beck
  • Series: Harry Rex Vonner
  • 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two from the master of the legal thriller:
The Summons:
Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi; a pillar of the community who towered over local law and politics for 40 years. Now the judge is a shadow of his former self, a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate.
The summons is typed by the judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for his sons, Ray and Forrest, to appear in his study. But the judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret.
The Brethren:
They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison.
Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong.
Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast. And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam...while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt.

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A Double Pack of Edge of Your Seat Suspense

I am a huge John Grisham fan and, like everything Grisham rights, these two books do not disappoint. Both books grab your attention from the beginning and don't let up. Just when you think you find a good stopping point, something happens or you find a crucial bit of information that makes you pull your hand away from the radio and listen just a little longer.

The fact that the two books deal with almost completely different subject matter makes this an even better deal! Definitely pick this one up!
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- Paul Luthi

Escape to the twisted world of law.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was looking for the longest John Grisham book I could purchase. I wanted an epic escape. I found it in these two books. Frank Muller was my "first" narrator,so to me, he is the perfect Grisham narrator.
However, I will now seek out more by Michael Beck, as he is now a favorite.


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- Sherri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio