The Whistler – John Grisham

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The Whistler – John Grisham

Post by Graham on Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:43 am

It’s a while since I read a Grisham simply because I haven’t seen any new ones in Oxfam. His Wikipedia page lists 39 novels, the most recent of which I recognize is The Last Juror from 2004. Since he publishes up to three per year I have some catching up to do.

The main protagonist here is Lacy Stolz, an investigator for the Florida Board of Judicial Conduct. A whistle-blower contacts the board through intermediaries to spill the beans on Claudia McDover, a local judge whose record shows she consistently favours a shady group of developers who are in bed with an Indian casino operation. There have been disappearances, murders and an innocent man now sits on death row. Stolz and her colleague Hugo Hatch are unarmed and out of their depth when the bad guys target the whistle-blowers and the investigators themselves.

Grisham is simply the best. He knows exactly when to stop describing and flip the action switch. There is never a moment when you say wait, what happened. The text rings with authenticity. You want convincing detail of how law enforcement goes about penetrating and bringing organised crime to justice – here it is. But before that Stolz and Hatch must convince the FBI their case is worth pursuing. It leads them into deadly danger and nail-biting tension for the reader.

This one gets five out of five.

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