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The Whistler

by John Grisham

Series: The Whistler (1)

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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.… (more)
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Bello dalla prima all'ultima pagina, vario e mai noioso, nemmeno quando le imdagini vengono trasferiti dalla commissione d'inchiesta all'FBI. Il mago del thriller ha scritto un altro capolavoro, per rilassarsi sottto l'ombrellone o evadere dalla quotidianità: il libro ideale da portare sempre con se (magari in versione Kindle) ( )
  Lillymao | Aug 4, 2022 |
On the front cover of the book Ken Follett is quoted as stating that John Grisham is the best thriller writer alive.

That may be so, but this is definitely not his best book.

Lacy and Hugo, who were lawyers and investigators, were hired to investigate the reputedly wrongful conviction of Junior Mace for killing his wife and her assumed lover, Son Razko.

Also implicated was the judge Claudia McDover, who was the one to convict Junior.

Claudia turned out to be involved in an abundance of criminal conduct, including taking bribes, taking cash from Indian casinos and laundering money.

Lacy and Hugo are lured into an Indian reservation and there subject to a car crash where Hugo is killed and Lacy seriously injured.

Before the crash, Lacy and Hugo visit Junior in prison and are convinced of his innocence.

The car crash was of course not an accident but actually murder, and when Lacy recovers from her injuries she investigates this too.

I won’t go into further detail but must say that I found the book readable but no more. ( )
  IonaS | Jul 20, 2022 |
Pretty weak. This could be an interesting mystery / thriller that follows a determined lawyer as she unravels a criminal conspiracy; however, much of the unravelling is done in exposition dumps. This often reads like an investigative reporter's account of a crime and its consequences. ( )
  DDtheV | Jul 11, 2022 |
Fieldnotes:
Florida Panhandle, Contemporary (p.2016)

2 Smart Determined Investigators
1 Unknown Whistleblower, sort of protected by
2 Useless Go-Betweens after a Payout

1 Complicated Conspiracy Involving:
1 Very Corrupt Judge
Organized Crime
Indian Casinos
Kickbacks Galore
Scummy Property Developers

1 Serious Not-So-Accident
1 Mysterious Disappearance
1 Hitman
Following the Money

The Short Version:
This felt like a return to form for Grisham - I have not been a fan of his Camino Island stories and generally prefer his thriller set in and around the world of law. Here we have a determined, ethical investigators out to root out corruption in the judiciary, a complicated scheme (don't think about it too hard), informants and legwork and making sure justice is done. As with the most enjoyable Grisham stories, it feels a bit like a "case a season" TV show with a quick-moving plot. Enjoyable - a great airplane read - if not particularly memorable. ( )
  Caramellunacy | May 18, 2022 |
Judge, with gang, stealing from Casino
  NanaNook | Apr 20, 2022 |
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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.

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