#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Terrific . . . affecting . . . Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
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.
“A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.”—Associated Press
“[John Grisham’s] authorial prowess glows again in this riveting tale.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star
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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I can always count on Grisham to deliver. I am an avid reader and have read all of his books. Unlike other big name writers, Grisham stand true to his mission to write books with substance. I was saddened when I got to the last pages. Lots of twists and turns, this is a new story line for him but he delivers masterfully. Great read and well worth the money. Thank you, Mr Grisham for continuing to care about your readers.
Great Read! Based on real work going on.