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The Guardians

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by John Grisham

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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.

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368 Pages

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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.

Guardian accepts only a few innocent 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.

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10 reviews for The Guardians

  1. Scott E. High

    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.

  2. maj

    After his last two books, which were – quite frankly – abysmal, to say the least, Grisham to returns to what he knows best: the legal thriller.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.

  3. Maureen Hoffman Wehmeier

    Grisham hits it out of the park with this one. When a trial weary attorney suffers a breakdown and leaves the practice of law for seminary, the novel sets the scene for the exoneration for wrongful imprisonments of many innocent people. Based on a true story, this one is Grisham at his finest.

  4. Ronald H. Clark

    This is John Grisham’s 33d novel and he is still going strong as a legal novelist. While this latest legal thriller is not a “page turner” like “The Firm,” which kept me awake until I finished it, it is a good solid craftsman effort that has many interesting rewards. I have noticed, and discuss in other Grisham reviews, that he is now inclined to use his stories not only to entertain but also to inform. That is, recently he has used his novels to explain and explore a number of key legal developments–including mass torts, death penalty cases, public interest law firms, and state lawyer disciplinary boards-by building them into his novels. I think this only enhances the enjoyment of his legal fiction.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.

  5. K. Germond

    I have read this book and it’s fantastic! I do like John G’s books but this one really knocks it out of the park. It is the proverbial page-turner. READ THIS BOOK!!!! And then Google Centurion the organization he based his character on.

  6. Gordon M.

    Because of The Rooster Bar and Reckoning I had reservations on The Guardians. I am glad that I did buy the book because I really enjoyed it.

  7. Kindle Customer

    Never read a John Grisham novel that I didn’t love. His books are always well researched and extremely well written.

  8. R. Vosburg

    I received this book from Amazon and read it in 2 days. It would have been sooner; however, I do have life to live.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????

  9. Lori Rieman

    This is the most disappointingly, inaccurate piece of crap I have ever read by a person with a law degree and, as a lawyer,I have read some pretty outlandish submissions by attorneys! It mischaracterizes our justice system in a dangerous and irresponsible manner. It is clear that selling books has reached an all new low. I am a prosecutor with twenty years of experience and am astounded at the lack of understanding of the ethical responsibilities that nearly all prosecutors adopt and strive to fulfill. In my world, we often have to ensure that accused are adequately represented by their often unqualified attorneys. I have enjoyed many of Mr. Grisham’s novels, but I will never waste my money on another. I couldn’t even make it through this one! I gave it one star for looking like it would be a good book enough to sucker me into buying it.

  10. GummieBear

    Warning!! Way, way, way too many characters and storylines tripping over each other in this jumbled mess. I’ve bought and read every single John Grisham book and enjoyed them. But, it seems he’s decided to go in a new direction with this one. Disturbingly graphic scenes of torture and murder were finally enough to make me decide to not even finish reading the book. I found it appalling that a talented mind like his could even write such torture porn. In the future, I will wait for reviewers to vet his books before I purchase them. Very disappointing.

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