The Testament Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book begins with a very rich man signing his will. He has six children and several ex-wives. The family employ three psychiatrist to judge he is of sound mind and the whole procedure is taped. Immediately after the taping Troy Phelan presents his lawyers with a will he has written himself, which supersedes the previous will, he signs it and jumps through a window. His estate, all thirteen billion dollars is left to an illegitimate daughter who is a missionary in South America. Nate O'Riley, a litigator, is released from rehab, not for the first time, and despatched by Phelan's law firm to find Rachel Lane and get her signature. There follows one of Grisham's best stories of adventure and legal tension.
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The review of this Book prepared by Penny

A skilled and experienced lawyer, about to lose his professional credentials because of chronic drinking, is given an opportunity for temporary redemption with a last assignment by his firm: To find a missing heiress in the jungles of South America. When he has found her, but has not yet completed the assignment of concluding the probate of the estate,due to her purity of purpose in life and consequent lack of interest in the huge fortune that is available to her,he has a final opportunity to put his considerable litigation skills to good use while he stalls for more time. Having done all that he can to delay the probate proceedings, he returns to the jungle in search of the heiress, knowing that he will not change her mind, but duty-bound nonetheless to try. She has arranged a simple finale for the legal proceedings, while at the same time providing for his redemption in his abscence.

The review of this Book prepared by Sean Graw

A lawman is going undercover to find out why this woman in the Amazon is the holder of a fortune, after a very rich man leaves her all the money.
The review of this Book prepared by Rebecca

An unusual legal story with several twists. A burned-out lawyer has to deliver a multi-billion dollar inheritance to a missionary who does not want money, or all it brings with it. He is changed in the process, in ways he could not forsee.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

Corporate Exec. passes away and leaves his fortune to a woman he had fathered, but she does not know who he is. The woman is a Doctor in a third world country, who is happy the way life is. The Exec's Lawyer must find her, otherwise the money goes to his money hungery family.
The review of this Book prepared by Theresa McDonald

The story is about a legal firm, searching for a lost relative who has just inherited a great deal of money. The adventure to find the missing heiress, and explain the wishes of the father's will to a spoiled ungrateful family dominate the story line. The attorney who enters the adventure discovers a bit about himself and his errors in life.
The review of this Book prepared by Angie Lamparski

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 18.3%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 31.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 28.3%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 21.7% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   getting to know a nice woman Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   wrangling over a will

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes

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