Read Our Review of John Grisham’s Phenomenal New Legal Thriller The Judge’s List

Read Our Review of John Grisham’s Phenomenal New Legal Thriller The Judge’s List

From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author comes a new legal thriller about a man who might be the most criminal sitting judge in American history.

As an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, Lacy Stoltz sees plenty of corruption among the men and women elected to the bench. In The Whistler, she took on a crime syndicate that was paying millions to a crooked judge. Now, in The Judge’s List, the crimes are even worse. The man hiding behind the black robe is not taking bribes – but he may be taking lives.

The Judge’s List – you don’t want to be on it.

This is a phenomenal new legal thriller from international bestseller John Grisham, returning to his writing roots after the (excellent) basketball novel Sooley earlier this year (he really is prolific).

We first met protagonist Lacy Stoltz in The Whistler, however, you don’t need to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this; The Judge’s List reads as a standalone.

The premise of this book is compelling and the delivery gripping. Lacy is approached by a Jeri Crosby who claims a sitting judge murdered her father twenty years earlier. What follows is not a who-dunnit but rather a smart game of cat-and-mouse. The reader knows the judge is guilty of not only that murder but many others. Lacy’s investigation into this picks up, and she suspects he’s a serial killer and that numerous cold cases can be linked back to him. But the judge is an intelligent sociopath, and he turns the investigation on its head as his focus falls on Lacy.

The fact is no one writes drama like Grisham. Over 350+ million copies of his books have sold, in forty-five languages, and nine have been turned into blockbuster films. The Judge’s List is true to form, with enough twists and turns to warrant a trip to the chiropractor afterwards. It takes a well-crafted story to deliver in this way, despite the reader knowing who the killer is, and Grisham knows his craft. The plotting is perfect, and he drives the story relentlessly forward, keeping you hooked and flipping pages until the very end.

Grisham fans will be more than satisfied with The Judge’s List, but for those readers who are yet to discover the entertaining escapism of a Grisham novel, this is the perfect place to start.

Buy a copy of The Judge’s List here.

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A Gripping Cat-And-Mouse Thriller: Read a Sample Chapter of The Judge's List by John Grisham

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        Publisher details

        The Judge's List
        Author
        John Grisham
        Publisher
        Hachette
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        09 November, 2021
        ISBN
        9781529395419

        Synopsis

        In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change.

        Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby's father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims.

        Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.

        He is a judge, in Florida - under Lacy's jurisdiction.

        He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?

        The Judge's List is by any measure John Grisham's most surprising, chilling novel yet.

        John Grisham
        About the author

        John Grisham

        John Grisham is the author of twenty-five novels, one work of non-fiction, and one collection of short stories. His works are translated into thirty-eight languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

        Books by John Grisham

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