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The Guardians (2019)

by John Grisham

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In a small Florida town, a young lawyer is shot to death. A young black man, a former client, named Quincy Miller is charged and convicted. For 22 years, Miller maintains his innocence from inside prison. Finally, Guardian Ministries takes on Miller's case, but the Episcopal minister in charge gets more than he bargained for as powerful people do not want Miller exonerated.… (more)
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Usual strong courtroom drama. Interesting characters, good premise, taut pacing. A little simplified at the end.
  bgknighton | Sep 18, 2020 |
Great plot and characters that really draw you in. The first person present tense choice was a bit awkward but I understand Grisham likely chose it to raise the sense of urgency and drive the story forward. Interesting that his acknowledgements recommend giving to the related nonprofits, but none of the book’s proceeds or any of Grisham’s personal fortune is noted as earmarked to help. Perhaps he simply chooses to keep his donations private which is understandable. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Great plot and characters that really draw you in. The first person present tense choice was a bit awkward but I understand Grisham likely chose it to raise the sense of urgency and drive the story forward. Interesting that his acknowledgements recommend giving to the related nonprofits, but none of the book’s proceeds or any of Grisham’s personal fortune is noted as earmarked to help. Perhaps he simply chooses to keep his donations private which is understandable. ( )
  out-and-about | Sep 13, 2020 |
Actually very good; in Grisham's Author's Note he states it's all based on a true character and a true case. That was nice to read and all after a wonderful, in this very particular day and age, ending. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
First off, I have read virtually all adult novels John Grisham has written. From the time I read the first one, The Client, have read everyone I can purchase. Still trying to find that elusive first edition of A Time to Kill but might breakdown an pay the price to finish out my collection. His works are worth it.

Now, the past few novels have had a few disappoints in them. They weren't bad even though a couple felt like they were sent in because he needed to deliver a book to meet a contract. Even on a bad day Grisham is better than most. I approached this one with some questions in my mind whether or not it would be better that his recent works. Well I am glad to say, this felt like the John Grisham I have enjoyed over the years. I understand to be a prolific writer there are going to be some good ones, some ok one and some that will be outstanding. When you get one of the really good ones it brings a smile of the readers face.

Basically this is about an organization The Guardian Ministries who provide gratis legal services for those supposedly innocent victims that are convicted and imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. Typically capital offences with death penalties.

The primary case they are working is for Quincy Miller who was tried and convicted for the murder of a young lawyer, Keith Russo. Their investigation determines that Quincy was convicted based upon little, if any, evidence. There were no witnesses, the motive seemed flimsy, what evidence they had was questionable and disappeared before the trial. The more they dig into the murder it appears Quincy was rushed to trail and a verdict was pushed through as so the case could be closed. As the representative of The Guardian Ministries, Cullen Post, digs deeper it becomes obvious it is far from a simple murder case and the conviction was necessary to hide corruption in the Sheriffs department and the local operations of a drug cartel. The further they go into the events the more dangerous it becomes for Cullen Post as other old questionable deaths are uncovered and the cartel is becoming increasingly upset. Beyond the actual investigation of the circumstances they have discovered testimony fraught with lies and false expert testimony. More and more it appears Quincy was a convenient pawn used for a quick cover up of murder and illegal drug activity in the small Florida town and stop any potential investigation by State Law Enforcement.

If you enjoy John Grisham believe you will enjoy this book. Better than his last few books and close to the quality of his earlier writing. There is no question about the quality of Grisham's writing, character development and story line and flow and this one is not exception.
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  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
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In a small Florida town, a young lawyer is shot to death. A young black man, a former client, named Quincy Miller is charged and convicted. For 22 years, Miller maintains his innocence from inside prison. Finally, Guardian Ministries takes on Miller's case, but the Episcopal minister in charge gets more than he bargained for as powerful people do not want Miller exonerated.

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