I read an expert of this book on Netgalley, and after posting a short review, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC through the post and managed to read through the proofs before the release date – 25th October.
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.
Can I first say that I have never read any of John Grisham’s Books (Sorry!), but my grandfather is an avid fan of his and I decided to give this give a go. I’ve found a new love in crime and mystery books and so this book seemed right up that street.
My comments regarding the extract:
Wow. That is literally all I can say about this book. Having never read any of John Grisham’s previous work, this book instantly hooked me, especially the end of the sample (cliffhangers are the worse!) Reading this, makes me want to pick up more of his books. I love a good crime and this sounds like it’s going to be a good one! Dodgy lawyers, a load of rubbish to clear up and investigate and a guy on a boat? What more could you want? Definitely convinced me to keep reading!
So yeah… expanding on my mini review above. I was not disappointed by the book.
I will say one thing though, basically half-way through the book, something MAJOR happens (Sorry, no spoilers! Read the book!) and I was left with my mouth open going, please tell me you’re kidding! I was so shocked!
Moving aside from that though, as we technically knew what was going to happen (the judge was going down!) various parts of the story was knitted together to create a well-written story with a final ending. All loose ends were tied up.
Having read the proofs, I can seriously see why people call John Grisham THE man of Crime and mystery, and having read this book, I’m tempted to go and buy others. So who’s with me?
Leave any John Grisham recommendations in the comments below and let me know what you’re favourite book of his is. Until next time!