A young Supreme Court law clerk finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer in The Outsider, a breathtaking thriller #1 New York Times bestseller James Patterson called "as authentic and suspenseful as any John Grisham novel."
Things aren't going well for Grayson Hernandez. He just graduated from a fourth-tier law school, he's drowning in student debt, and the only job he can find is as a messenger. The position stings the most because it's at the Supreme Court, where Gray is forced to watch the best and the brightest—the elite group of lawyers who serve as the justices' law clerks—from the outside.
When Gray intervenes in a violent mugging, he lands in the good graces of the victim: the Chief Justice of the United States. Gray soon finds himself the newest—and unlikeliest—law clerk at the Supreme Court. It's another world: highbrow debates over justice and the law in the inner sanctum of the nation's highest court; upscale dinners with his new friends; attention from Lauren Hart, the brilliant and beautiful co-clerk he can't stop thinking about.
But just as Gray begins to adapt to his new life, the FBI approaches him with unsettling news. The Feds think there's a killer connected to the Supreme Court. And they want Gray to be their eyes and ears inside One First Street. Little does Gray know that the FBI will soon set its sights on him.
Racing against the clock in a world cloaked in secrecy, Gray must uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again in this thrilling high-stakes story of power and revenge by Washington, D.C. lawyer-turned-author Anthony Franze.
©2017 Anthony Franze (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Anthony Franze is a litigator famous for his many cases before the US Supreme Court. His first novel, The Advocate's Daughter, is my pick for one of the 10 best thrillers released in 2016. With The Outsider I have a difficult time choosing between 2 and 3 stars. 3 stars win not because of the story but because of the educational value of Franze explaining so much about the Supreme Court building and the inner workings of the court in the authors comments at the end of the novel.
Even as the author writes mystery/thriller fiction and describes events that are highly unlikely or even impossible he/she must make the reader/listener find enough credibility to enjoy the story. That is where Franze fails with The Outsider; it sounds like a totally fabricated story with little or no credibility. The protagonist is both too naive and too heroic.
Narrator Robert Petkoff does a fine job.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
So I read the previous book by this author and liked it a lot. Therefore, I eagerly got this as soon as I saw it, and boy is it a huge disappointment! The story reads almost as though a different author wrote it. The narration is lackluster, and the characters are just stilted and I found myself seriously thinking about returning it. Much of the plot seems as though it is bits and pieces of things lifted out of current news, but with not much imagination. Story of a young man magically pulled from a poor home life, who finds himself suddenly clerking for the Justice of the Supreme Court. Too many miracles, not enough serious writing. Read the author's other book--it was great.
Petkoff is great as usual and main reason I selected it. Story almost turned me off as it jumped around and was garrulous. But then it got really good. Learned a lot about Supreme Court and law clerks. Smart and clever story. Main character was a little odd. Could not gain a grasp of what kind of man he was. Seemed smart and tough then later unexpected naive and cowardly.
Overall if you like good mystery, legal and murder and games of a narcissistic tendency then you will enjoy.
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