Monday, August 15, 2016

The Whistler by John Grisham

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.

But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.

What’s the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month’s cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It’s a sweet deal: Everyone is making money.

But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous.

Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.
I have been following John Grisham's career for as long as I can remember, so you wouldn't be surprised that I was extremely flattered when I was offered to read an extract of his new upcoming thriller! Needless to say my hands were shaking as I was downloading it to my kindle! 
What I think about it?  You should know first that The Whistler is due to be published in the UK by Hodder, and in North America by Doubleday this October. And as far as I am concerned I would be pre-ordering the book anyway, just because I am curious how it will develop.
Ken Follett called Grisham 'the greatest thriller writer alive,' and while many will easily find a way to argue their way out of that statement I am rather fond to support it. I have always had a soft spot for judicial stories and after Suits came out and Madam Secretary I have been waiting for a dirty judge to come way so I can rip him/her apart... The Whistler is exactly that kind of story. It starts off with a legal duo on their way to meet a mysterious informer, who is supposed to give them the trail of their lives. You don't need me to know that from the very first paragraph you are hooked to see what comes next. 
John Grisham takes his irresistible blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level. Personally, I would have sided with Lucy Stolz and point her as my girl in the story if only her voice wasn't so girly... But I still have Hugo and Mr Myers to get me through and get me through with the whole story. I can't wait to get my hands on this suspense-packed new adventure and read the whole of it.
I hate that I only got a sneak peak! As one other reader said it:
“It’s almost like opening the door just a smidgen and letting you peer round the corner at the unfolding story, only to be yanked back and have the door shut in your face rather abruptly.”