In this instant #1 New York Times bestseller, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.
“Terrific…affecting…Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
“A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.”—Associated Press
In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.
Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. But no one was listening. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.
Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time. Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.
They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The undisputed master of the legal thriller gets personal in The Guardians, which is inspired by his admiration for the work of faith-based organizations fighting on behalf of the wrongfully accused. John Grisham’s novel stars Cullen Post, a lawyer working to exonerate Quincy Miller, a black man framed for murder by powerful people over 20 years ago. But righting that wrong could mean a death sentence for the innocence crusader himself. The Guardians is filled with righteous social commentary, but it still shows off Grisham’s talent for suspense and plot twists. The novel’s as gripping as previous thrillers like A Time to Kill, but it also tugged at our heartstrings.
A lack of nuance mars this novel from bestseller Grisham (The Reckoning), which centers on idealistic attorneys fighting wrongful convictions. Cullen Post, who became a Lutheran minister after burning out as a public defender, is working as a lawyer again in Savannah, Ga., where he runs Guardian Ministries, which helps convicts whose claims of innocence he and his three colleagues, including a man he helped free from incarceration, deem worth investigating. In the first chapter, Duke Russell is minutes away from execution when Post's request for a stay is granted, giving him time to pursue his belief that Duke wasn't in fact guilty of raping and murdering a woman 11 years earlier. Guardian Ministries is also seeking to prove that Quincy Miller is innocent of the shotgun murder of his former attorney, Keith Russo, in Seabrook, Fla., and deserves his freedom. Post and his allies diligently attack the flimsy forensic and eyewitness evidence used to convict Miller. A conspiracy subplot related to one of Post's cases, involving especially sadistic bad guys and an international angle, feels out of place. Readers who like their legal thrillers dosed with ethical ambiguities should look elsewhere.
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The Guardians The Law and Lawers
I found it hard to put this book down. As usual the details, the details, the details and the anticipation keeps me reading.
Read every book John Grisham has written and kept them all for future rereads.
Engaging and Eye-opening
Like many of the other reviewers, I have read every Grisham novel. The Guardians is another classic. Detailed and educating, this based-on-a-true-story book takes us out of our comfortable self focused lives and helps us to realize that there are real victims who are wasting away in prisons because of corrupt people. It should anger us. Hats off to John Grisham for disclosing this travesty.
Clever, magnetic character’s, lost sleep trying to read it all.
Fantastic read with all the elements of humanity at its worst and very best. The sleuthy scenes are magical and you can’t get enough. This was a prize to read.