Ray receives a summons to appear in front of honorable Judge Reuben Atlee, Ray's father. The prospective trip back home stirs up some unsettling childhood memories. While never outright abused, Ray harbors feelings of neglect at his father's hand. Irregardless of how Ray feels, he knows the trip is inevitable. His father has been gravely ill and his days are most likely numbered. Ray discovers much more than his father's already deceased corpse. He also stumbles across the fact that his father had harbored a secret.
This suspenseful story is mostly about obsession, paranoia, greed, and guilt. It also proves the old saying, "Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you". Some of Ray's actions could be considered borderline stupidity, or even well into stupid territory. There are some fairly obvious options that he could have implemented, but he didn't.
This is the second book in a row in which I saw the twist at the end long before it came. I'm not that brilliant so it must have been fairly obvious. There was one point in my life where I had read everything John Grisham had ever written. I have not read any of his newer books in years and was disappointed with this reintroduction.