Saturday, 25 January 2020

THE GUARDIANS








BOOK DESCRIPTION
In this instant #1 New York Times bestseller, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.
“Terrific…affecting…Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
 
“A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.”—Associated Press


In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s. 

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence.  But no one was listening.  He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.

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Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time.  Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.

They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.

Release date 

October 15, 2019



MY REVIEW

NEVER GET ARRESTED IN A SMALL TOWN


Reading this novel reminded me of returning to Indiana University one year and being picked up for speeding in the middle of the state by a trooper who I never saw until he was on my butt. I was instructed to follow him to a local small town where the "judge" held court in the back of his furniture store. He gave me the choice of a heavy fine or jail time. This was in 1974 and $350.00 was a lot of money for a college kid. I had no desire to learn about their terms of incarceration.

John Grisham has picked a mythical small town in northern Florida to tell us a horrifying tale of a man falsely accused, arrested, and sentenced to death. These small towns exist throughout the United States and are often controlled by a local politician or a wealthy family. Woe be to those who cross these powerful people. I still remember my parents cautioning me from straying off the interstates and stopping in small towns in the 'Deep South'.

The author has written a well-researched novel concerning a small town resident conveniently arrested as a cover to what was happening locally. Some readers may be somewhat 'put off' by the voluminous detail involved in trying to free someone illegally convicted, but I love learning new things when reading. Add in the sword constantly hanging over the falsely convicted prisoner and the fact that there are literally thousands of innocent prisoners currently serving prison terms, and you can't help putting yourself in their places.

This novel is not a "beach read' and requires the reader to pay attention and do some critical thinking. Mr. Grisham describes a badly flawed system that can cause the victim to make the ultimate sacrifice. Cleanly and clearly written, the author provides a thought provoking novel with a deeply disturbing story.


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