|Eccentric billionaire Troy Phelan is dying, and his children each want to be first in line to collect his inheritance. But along with their bequests, Phelan has left his heirs a little surprise in his will...a sister. Rachel Lane is Phelan's illegitimate daughter and a Christian missionary working in the Pantanal, the rain forest of Brazil. She stands to inherit eleven billion dollars, but only if Nate O'Riley, a former hotshot lawyer fresh out of rehab, can find her.
Nate's journey into the Brazilian jungle is a challenge unlike any other he's faced...and along the way, he'll learn more about himself than he ever wanted to know. Could it be possible that there really is more to life than money? Rachel may be just the woman to teach him that there is.
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Heart of darkness...
In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions, a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives.
Because Troy Phelan's new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.
Enter the lawyers. Nate O'Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan's family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate is crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman--pursued by enemies and friends alike--holds a stunning surprise of her own....
Nate O'Riley, a high-powered D.C. lawyer and recovering alcoholic, must fight both a morally corrupt legal system and his own recurring addiction to find Rachel Lane, a young woman working as doctor deep in the Brazilian wetlands. Rachel has inherited a multi-billion-dollar fortune, but with her other siblings clamoring for a piece of the pie, she unknowingly needs Nate's help to fend them off. But Nate's journey to Brazil becomes a greater, more dangerous adventure than he expected, eventually proving that he needs her help much more than she needs his. An independent, self-assured woman, Rachel opens Nate's eyes to a world he had never known: a world devoid of corruption, money and liquor, and instead, filled with faith and spirituality. A Publishers Weekly best-seller for 31 weeks, THE TESTAMENT was the magazine's longest-running fiction hardcover best-seller in 1999.
"Grisham is completely unpretentious: down-to-earth, unflappable, uncomplicated, measured. he sometimes achieves a wonderfully understated, businesslike tone....This is good stuff." - John Jay Osborn 02/28/1999 New York Times Book Review
"John Grisham's 10th novel lacks both courtroom and sustained drama, but it's nevertheless entertaining." - Carol Peace Robins 04/04/1999