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The Whistler by John Grisham Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State, from the author hailed as “the best thriller writer alive” by Ken Follett

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity is the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. It is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout United States history. And now he wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. When the case is assigned to Lacy, she immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

Praise for The Whistler

“[A] main character [who’s] a seriously appealing woman . . . a whistle-blower who secretly calls attention to corruption . . . a strong and frightening sense of place . . . [John Grisham’s] on his game.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“[John Grisham is] our guide to the byways and backwaters of our legal system, superb in particular at ferreting out its vulnerabilities and dramatizing their abuse in gripping style.”—USA Today
“Riveting . . . an elaborate conspiracy.”—The New York Times Book Review

The Whistler (John Grisham) Book Reviews

Local mafia threatens Florida ethics lawyers Who don't carry gunsGresham writes a great story where fairly normal citizens (including the state attorneys who investigate ethics issues of judges) are put into terrifying situations where their lives are threatened by vicious gangsters who run casinos, real estate scams and murder-for-hire schemes. Intimidation is the name of their game and these gangsters are very good at it..Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it down.There is nothing better than a good book you can't stop reading. The worst feeling is when the book ends because you'd love it to go on forever!!! Never read a Grisham book but will definitely look into his others..Score: 5/5

Just...okIt was good enough to kill time but it was very bland. The story started to build then good overcame and it was over. It was almost like he got tired of writing. This is one of those books you keep by the toilet at home. It'll pass the time but don't expect much more than that..Score: 3/5

The WhistlerReal page turner. Finished book in three days.Score: 5/5

#All rise #The bestseller..Score: 5/5

The WhistlerAn Overwelming obvious ending, exhaustingly summarized.Score: 3/5

Great read!!Well written and very descriptive plot..Score: 5/5

Wonderful readMr Grisham never lets his readers down. I really enjoyed this book.Score: 5/5

Time for MercyA very thoughtful yet compelling read..Score: 4/5

It's just st okNothing great.Score: 2/5

EntertainingEntertaining but lacking the depth of the typical Grisham novel..Score: 3/5

The whistlerFantastic thrilling read that is probably more fact than fiction, which makes it a scary political problem! Thanks to Grisham for tackling the sensitive issues of crime, casinos, politicians, judicial system and American justice!.Score: 5/5

The WhistlerThe worst Grisham book yet..Score: 1/5

Not his best workIt was really slow going. Overall not engaging. I'd pass. Sorry John. You just can't hit a home run every time at bat..Score: 3/5

The WhistlerI have read 13 of J Grisham's books and loved them all. Not this one though. You would think he would offer a free book every now and then..Score: 1/5

Loved the suspenseAnother well written book by John Grisham. I couldn't put it down because of the suspense. The very end was disappointing. We get to know these characters and their relationships intimately, so we want to know if Lacy and Allie forged a serious relationship and if Verna won her lawsuit. I'm not a writer and I assume a John Grisham had his reason for leaving us hanging..Score: 4/5

The WORSTThe worst writing by John Grisham . Complete waste of money and time invested..Score: 1/5

The WhistlerI've read every Grisham book from day one. This is absolutely the best.Score: 5/5

A fantastic book, a must read!John Grisham at his best! This book is one of Grisham's best works, as good as "The Oelican Brief", "The Rainmaker", and the best of them all, "A Time to Kill". Thank you Mr. Grisham..Score: 5/5

The WhistlerJohn Grisham.Score: 5/5

Good summer readI enjoyed the story but was looking for more. It felt a bit unfinished almost rushed... guess he was trying to meet that deadline..Score: 3/5

The WhistlerOne of the worlds best books. I do not think I have ever read a better book..Score: 5/5

Great readIt was a great read however in the middle it dragged a bit but it came full circle. Great ending good guys win sometimes...Score: 5/5

The WhistlerRiveting story of crime and justice. Hard to put down, sad to get to the last page..Score: 5/5

Great!!One of the best books I have read of this great author. Thank you John Grisham..Score: 5/5

The WhistlerAn exciting story. Enjoyed the characters. It was areal Surprise when Hugo died. Made me sad. The ending got in loved. A clearer explanation would have been appreciated.Score: 4/5

ZzzzzzzzThe plot was admittedly boring. I was hoping for more even halfway thru, but it continued to disappoint and I was beyond the point of no return. I love Grisham, but I consider this a sunk cost..Score: 2/5

A Page TurnerFrom the opening line, to the final word, Grisham's brilliant tale grabs the readers attention and holds on tightly! The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat, as each character comes to life. You won't want to put this one down until you read the ending!.Score: 5/5

Most exciting Grisham book in years!I have read every John Grisham legal novel and this one takes me back to the early days of The Firm and The Pelican Brief. Excellent read!.Score: 5/5

PredictableCliche and overly worked. Not a fun read..Score: 1/5

Fast pacedGreat read..Score: 5/5

The WhistlerA real page turner..Score: 3/5

Great ReadAnother awesome book by Grisham that makes it hard to put down. Highly suggested if you love the genre..Score: 5/5

The whistlerI hope this was a ghost writer because if it’s not it’s the worst Grisham I’ve read and he’s lost his fastball. Hard to slog through it..Score: 1/5

The WhistlerThis book was well constructed, almost too well built. The main characters and overall plot were intricately described for about 80% of the book and moved very slowly. The conclusion, in the last part of the book, moved very quickly to a fairly obvious conclusion. Overall the book was enjoyable, but lacked drama and excitement..Score: 4/5

It almost tries too hard[I received this paperback in a GoodReads win,and voluntarily reviewed it. Because I won it, it will not list as a verified purchase] "Beautiful.'It's called intimidation Clyde. That's the name of the game and that's how I run things.'" Lacy Stolz works for the Florida Board of Judicial Conduct, and she's really good at her job. She and her co worker have a case that could have the potential to rock the Florida Court System off its pedestal. Not only was there a corrupt judge, but the "Coast Mafia" and the Tappacola Indian Tribe are mixed up in a case with far reaching connections. And when her car gets totaled, her partner gets killed and she almost loses her life, she is determined to see this case through to it's end. To my thinking, John Grisham and thriller go together. In my opinion,The Firm, was my introduction to crime fiction as I rapidly devoured each of his books ( A Time to Kill is still my favorite) until, one day, I just stopped. He kept cranking them out, but the got a bit too cerebral and formulaic, like he was a professor sharing just too much information. All this to say this is my first Grisham book in a while. I think it was a bit too long with too many plot points. I did love the character Lacy Stoltz and I wanted to drop her brother off the side of a cliff. I do recommend it for its contemporary use of known news and speculation. However, it almost tries to hard..Score: 4/5

DisappointingMost of John Grisham’s earlier books are great, but I’ve noticed since he released Calico Joe his books have gotten worse and that includes this title the Whistler. Take my advice and whistle a little tune to yourself and skip pass this story..Score: 2/5

Another Grisham MasterpieceGreat read! Thoroughly absorbing..Score: 5/5

Snooze festWhat a boring, drawn out book! No character building couldn't finish it shoot enough.Score: 1/5

BorrrringUtterly dreadful. Blithering on and on and on - no character development, and not a Single character who was remotely appealing in Any way. No plot, no point. Just a DREADFUL waste of time - would crawl on ground glass for a refund. sheesh..Score: 1/5

The whistlerIt is mind-dullingly episodic. Characters not compelling. Mushy story of generalizations. Entertaining but never memorable. Too much coincidence..Score: 3/5

Kinda looking for moreStory was deep and interesting but lacked the big payoff..Score: 4/5

The reckoningWhere is the rest of the novel? I'm ready to read on!.Score: 4/5

Enjoyed this writingThis was an exceptional read. Was into this from the beginning. Will look forward to the next!.Score: 5/5

Very shallowI don't think Grisham actually wrote this. It is that bad!.Score: 1/5

The WhistlerAn outstanding book I greatly enjoyed reading! Just thrilling. Loved all the characters (except Vonn and partners of course)..Score: 5/5

The WhistlerAWFUL!!! I have every single book from Grisham. Disappointing! Slow moving. Not the usual page turner..Score: 1/5

The WhistlerExcellent novel,mystery. Held me captive for many days reading the story and trying to determine where the author would take u next. I have enjoyed reading John Grishams books for over 20 years and he did not disappoint me now ! Excellent novel!!!! Gary Baker.Score: 5/5

The whistlerAnother good Grisham read. I thought the book had a slow start. It was a bit hard to care about these characters. After the turning point of the car crash, I was hooked...finished the book in an afternoon..Score: 5/5

Avid ReaderJohn Grisham used to be m favorite, but his last 3 books have been a little disappointing. This book was good. I consider it a page turner & I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that it ended so abruptly..Score: 4/5

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WowA page turner from beginning to end.Score: 5/5

The WhistlerThis was a great read, I had not intended to stay up half the night to read the book but once I got stared I couldn't put it down. Another beauty by John Grisham!.Score: 5/5

The WhistlerNice story with a great ending..Score: 4/5

AwesomeWhen I started reading I couldn't stop. If this is the genre of books you read this is a good book.Score: 5/5

StandardAn excellent hook pulls you into the book and the plot is interesting. Would have liked a bit more action as it seemed to fizzle out at the end..Score: 4/5

The whistlerJohn is an amazing author. I enjoy all his writings!.Score: 5/5

A great thrillerThis book is has a great story and characters. I had a hard time putting the book down every time I started reading. Very well written..Score: 5/5

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