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Did a bestselling master of his genre write the same novel twice?
On first glance, it might look that way. The premise and plot setups of John Grisham’s 1999 release The Testament and his 2013 release Sycamore Row are remarkably similar. Both novels feature:
- The suicide of a wealthy man with a terminal disease, right at the beginning of the book.
- The discovery of a last-minute handwritten holographic will that diverts a vast fortune from the family of expectant heirs to an […]