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Summary

Nonstop suspense from the Sunday Times best-selling author: Investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer and closes in on a shocking suspect - a sitting judge.

In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching 40, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change.

Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby's father was murdered 20 years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims.

Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure and most important: he knows the law.

He is a judge, in Florida - under Lacy's jurisdiction.

He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him without becoming the next name on his list?

The Judge's List is by any measure John Grisham's most surprising, chilling novel yet.

©2021 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2021 Penguin Random House Audio

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"When Grisham gets in the courtroom he lets rip, drawing scenes so real they're not just alive, they're pulsating." (Mirror)

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Putting me to sleep

I’ve listened to about 4 hours of this book today and it’s just so boring!! I’ve had to turn it off! I really don’t like criticising narrators, I’m sure she’s trying her best, but she is just so dull, no differentiation between narrative or any of the characters, sorry Grisham, I’ve read all your books but I don’t think I’ll be finishing this one.

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Great Story Telling by Grisham

The narrator was a problem - strange inflections and emphasis not in right places. Parker also has the annoying habit of tailing off at the end of a sentence, so hard to hear, almost as if she is bored. Great visual actress, not sure narration is her metier. Good story, so stuck with it.

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Better narration than The Whistler…

I think this had the basis for a good story, at points I was gripped but the way in which Jeri Crosby is dealt with (no spoilers) towards the end felt a little lazy in comparison to the some of plot weaving up until that point. Better than The Whistler and despite more detail given around the main character - Lacy - I’ve not been left feeling particularly invested in her the same way as I was with Theodore Boone.

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Disappointing

A poor effort from John Grisham when his other novels are so good, the protagonist is a judge, a serial killer and a computer genius!

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rubbish!

been reading Grisham for years and there has been a noticeable decline. no courtroom drama here and completely fanciful storyline. no more for me.

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A definite maybe

Dragged in parts. suspenseful in parts. reader varied from great to monotonous. ending a little tame after all the build up

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Good listen

This kept me entertained for the entirety of the book! Best John Grisham yet for me!

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Difficult listen.

Story line good but struggled with the narrator. Sent me to sleep. A shame.

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good book.well read finished in 2 days so kept my interest highly recommended read good characters

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Great story

Pity about the reader as she was a bit monotone and no variance in her voice for the different charactersl. Would have helped as it is quite a long listen

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Good book

Very enjoyable story but I was very disappointed with the quality of the reading as it lacked expression.