The Testament takes you out of the John Grisham courtroom and into a fascinating part of Brazil for a love story, for half the time. The rest is pure Grisham legal battle. The characters and the story refreshingly different and one of Grisham's best.
Troy Phelan is the rich old man talking in the first paragraph quoted below. He dies leaving billions for his children to fight over. One child, Rachel Lane, is unknown, not by any of his three wives, and totally uninterested in the money. Joshua Stafford is his lawyer left to defend the unusual will. Nate O'Riley, a lawyer with problems, is sent to find Rachel Lane in the Pantanal, a fascinating wetland in Brazil. The novel is worth reading just for the glimpse of life in the Pantanal.
Down to the last day, even the last hour now. I'm an old man, lonely and unloved, sick and hurting and tired of living. I am ready for the hearafter; it has to be better than this.
I recommended buying The Testament. One of Grisham's best.