The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller.
Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's 1,000 judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name who has an extraordinary tale to tell.
Myers is representing a whistle-blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates, this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead.
Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, she hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels. No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now.
Under Florida law those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle-blower friend could make millions. But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?
©2016 John Grisham (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
"The best thriller writer alive." (Ken Follett)
I have read all John Grisham's books, but this one just did not intrigue me one little bit.
I would think twice
Not bad but quite monotonous, however the content was so boring and predictable I don't blame her.
Mr. Grisham shouldn't release books of this quality
"Follow the money; you will stumble on the bodies"
A good story with no shining central character, making it hard to believe it will be a series, Lacy Stoltz the only designated logical character to be movable to the next installment is not well developed or fascinating in anyway, she is a bureaucrat that is not moved by much, to compensate for this lackluster we are given her abrasive brother and a sudo FBI boyfriend.
Now the story is a much more developed character and reeks of fact based knowledge, the FBI railroading of informants, or the casino deals in indian territories with all the good and evil that money has created, that is where this book shines and works best, when it is reporting and explaining the ins and outs of the criminal enterprise, but it forgets that is supposed to be a novel with characters we should identify with or at least care for.
A good read with an interesting subject and a well developed plot with insipid characters that do not help the story much.
"Grisham as good as ever."
waiting for a twist at end but didn't happen. good story and we'll read. recommended
"Good story, badly let down by poor narration."
This story is certainly worth reading. But, the quality of the narrator makes a pretty poor audio-book.
"Far too predictable"
Not a bad story line, but not enough behind it. Where were the twists and sub-plots? The bad guys never come into contact with the good guys to build any sense of real danger. Even the narration was dull. Overall, a bit disappointing.
"A weak plot and badly read"
I pre-ordered this novel being a Grisham fan. The plot wasn't particularly engaging and didn't leave anything to uncover in the final chapters of the story. However, not all of the Grisham novels I have read have been amazing and you do have to put the novel in context with other authors - so it's a poor Girsham novel but a fair crime novel.
All of this though was shadowed by the narrator. It was in fact difficult to listen too - she had a poor range of voices and sometimes I found it difficult to work out which character was speaking. Given the amount of male vocal parts, a female was a poor choice and definitely spoiled the experience for me
"promising to start"
It was moderately engaging, tailed off with a narrative towards the end.
Not even close to his recent novels, which were a big step down from his best. Best avoided.
"Not his finest work"
I've read everything j Grisham has written and I'm sorry to say he's getting weaker with every book,tired plot lines and shallow characters that are hard to like,still better than a lot of books out there,
"What a disappointment"
Bought this as soon as it was released as I'm a big Grisham fan. It's nothing like as good as his other books. Quite turgid and I think he needs to re-assess whether he can write from a female point of view (I would say not).
The female narrator has a very limited range and as most of the characters are male, really didn't do a great job with male voices. I wonder why it was decided to have a female narrator?
Give this one a miss.
"Read not listen"
This book was spoilt by the narrator who had an irritating voice with false accent. This is one book to be read not listened.
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