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The whistler : a novel
2016
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Characters
Lacy Stoltz (Female), Lawyer, Investigates a corruption case involving judges
Genre
Fiction
Suspense
Thriller
Topics
Crime
Secrets
Corruption
Judicial error
Native Americans
Setting
Florida - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

In his latest legal thriller (after Rogue Lawyer), Grisham addresses a timely and sensitive topic-who judges prominent judges who break the law? Lacy Stolz, a lawyer who examines instances of judicial misconduct for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, usually investigates issues of incompetence, but now she's entrenched in a corruption case. Greg Myers, a disbarred lawyer practicing under an assumed identity, claims his client, a state employee too scared to pursue a claim under the Florida Whistleblower Law, has uncovered some dirt about circuit court judge Claudia McDover, who apparently is in the pocket of the local Mafia. In exchange for rigging trials, McDover skims her share from Indian casinos and launders it with the assistance of a friendly trust and estate lawyer. This case, with its close connections to the mob, becomes a dangerous and deadly assignment for Lacy and Hugo Hatch, her married assistant who's struggling to raise his family. Verdict This captivating and suspenseful tale offers a welcome reminder of how Grisham expertly and entertainingly interweaves his story line with the mechanics of the legal process. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/16.]-Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Lawyer Lacy Stolz, the heroine of this tense legal thriller from bestseller Grisham (Rogue Lawyer), investigates complaints against judges for the Florida Board on Judicial Misconduct. In her nine years on the job, there has never been any danger in her assignments; the justices are often more incompetent than corrupt. Everything changes when Stolz and a colleague, Hugo Hatch, meet with a disbarred lawyer, who-eager to collect a whistleblower's reward-has evidence of corruption unlike anything they have ever handled. A judge in the pocket of the Coast Mafia has spent years skimming millions from a Native American-owned casino. At least three people have been murdered to cover up the graft, and an innocent man sits on death row, but few are willing to help Stolz and Hatch expose the corruption. The casino keeps the money flowing, and stepping forward could be deadly. A lead brings Stolz and Hatch onto tribal land, where they find themselves caught in a trap. A high-stakes game of gambling, greed, and murder plays out in another page-turner from a master storyteller. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
On the heels of the runaway success of Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham delivers the high-octane suspense that readers have come to expect from the master of the legal thriller. With his latest novel, John Grisham takes his irresistible blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level. Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and Grisham's trademark twists and turns, readers will be kept guessing until the very last page.From the Hardcover edition.
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