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“Grisham again delivers a suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes such as false incarceration, the death penalty and how the legal system shows prejudice. The Guardian team of characters is first-rate.”– Associated Press
“With his début, 1989’s A Time to Kill, Grisham established himself as a skilled storyteller, a writer who can nimbly portray complex characters who overcome their fears and flaws to pursue justice. Thirty years later, his authorial prowess glows again in this riveting tale.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
“[Grisham] has created a powerful no-nonsense protagonist that you cannot help rooting for in a story stocked with tension and flavor that will have you flipping the pages to a very satisfying ending.”—Florida Times-Union
“Grisham’s colorful prose is riveting, and the issue is a timely one that can be too easily overlooked…His fictional legal happenings convey a loud and clear ring of veracity.”–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“The Guardians, the newest legal thriller from John Grisham, a true wizard of the form, is certainly not going to disappoint. Fans of the author are going to find it wholly satisfying.”–Anniston Star
About the Author
- Publication Date : October 15, 2019
- File Size : 3879 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 386 pages
- Publisher : Dell (October 15, 2019)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07MYLK9FP
- Best Sellers Rank: #628 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters, plot and writing are reminiscent of his earlier books and it was a joy finding that Grisham's talent is not entirely gone. A few circumstances sort "fell into the plot" to make it move faster, granted, but overall I enjoyed the story and found it worthy of all five stars.
If you're a fan of old Grisham, then this is the book for you.
Here, he is at it again invoking private jails, prisons as profit centers for their communities, how "snitches" can be bribed into testifying for prosecutors, the abuse of expert witnesses, FBI investigations, blood stain analysis and experts, and DEA investigative techniques. His central character in the novel, both an Episcopalian priest and lawyer (that collar does come in handy in getting into prisons), works for a small public interest law firm whose mission is to exonerate prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted. It is a small version of the well known Innocence Project. Two million folks are incarcerated, one million employees tend to their needs, and $80 billion is the price tag on all this. An estimated 10% of all prisoners are actually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. So it is good that Grisham is bringing these important legal actors to our attention.
I always enjoy Grisham when he is writing about his southern homeland and its legal systems. The novel runs 370 pages, and I certainly enjoyed it, as well as all his other novels. But as the reader nears the conclusion, while interesting, there is no pounding need to keep reading in search of the big Grisham finish as used to be the case. Perhaps this just reflects Grisham's growing stature as a novelist; he doesn't need people jumping out of skyscraper windows and similar devices to hold his readers' interest. A good, solid Grisham legal mystery and informative as well.
The plot, characters, and action of this novel are simply perfect. They merely needed John Grisham to bring them to life as a legal thriller. How exciting can a novel about death row convicts regaining their freedom and being declared innocent be? In this instance, it can all be pretty exciting and enlightening. The novel is a page-turner from the beginning; and it never lets up. We readers see a number of death row inmates reclaim their freedom, while we get a intensive look into our American justice system's failures in assuring that the innocent go free and the guilty face justice. Thank God for organizations like Centurian and the Innocence Project. Justice would not work without them!
Other reviewers have commented that other Grisham novels have not been up to par; but I have found his novels remarkably consistent in quality, although varying in legal topics. Each is a lesson in what the American Judicial System really is and how it works in the real world. That is a unique service that Grisham provides for us all.
My congratulations on another stunning achievement for John Grisham; and I personally hope to be reading many more of his novels to come. Can the movie of this one be far behind????
Top reviews from other countries
It does feel though like this is a bit cookie cutter - Grisham can clearly output legal thrillers almost with his eyes shut now, and his other works seem to be the ones that have more interesting characters and plots, exploring other genres. The narrative here is perfunctory and dry - the classic Grisham move of sticking to fact fact fact, and not adding emotion or colour - it does read a bit like it’s being narrated by a neutral lawyer rather than someone passionate.
An enjoyable read, but not particularly anything special - and I am beginning to wonder whether I want to keep investing my time in reading Grisham’s output.
However, you have to buy it. It's a great story - but chugs along a bit