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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

✍ The Whistler - John Grisham

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 one thousand 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, 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?




Real estate, judicial corruption, murder and intrigue are delivered in oodles in the latest John Grisham thriller: The Whistler.

The unknown Whistler has a story. It's big. It could make him a lot of money. An investigation into a circuit court judge is launched. But is everything as it seems?

I had the pleasure to read the first four chapters of The Whistler, which is also my first taste of John Grisham, and I am hooked! I am an eclectic reader but still fairly new to political and legal thrillers hence at times I need to look up various terms and acronyms used. I do not let this put me off, in fact I enjoy the learning process - it is most certainly worth the effort.

Grisham's third person narrative delivers great insight into its characters as well as great suspense with its excellent balance of showing and telling. A totally immersive experience. I cannot wait to read more!

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