The Judge's ListJohn Grisham

The Judge's List

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The Judge's List by John Grisham Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • Investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer, and closes in on a shocking suspect—a sitting judge—in “one of the best crime reads of the year.... Bristling with high-tech detail and shivering with suspense.... Worth staying up all night to finish” (Wall Street Journal).
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 forty, 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 twenty 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.

The Judge's List (John Grisham) Book Reviews

The Judges ListAnother page turner by one of my favorite authors. Interesting characters, locations, and very descriptive. I wouldn’t want to give anything away!.Score: 5/5

Poor DialogThis book had the oddest dialog cadence between the main characters Jeri and a Lacey. I finished the book but it was nothing like early John Grisham. Found myself wanting to give up!.Score: 3/5

Serial killer, not lawyer bookI hadn't read John Grisham in quite some time and I was in a hurry so partly my fault but one expects more of a book about the his cases, twists & the law than a serial killer & a lone 30 something person addicted to sleuth out an answer. I never need to read another serial killer book as long as I live. It seems to be the favorite genre these days in fiction. One can lead the cover pieces about a book and assume it's something completely different, and yet it turns out to be about another serial killer..Score: 3/5

Excellent readGreat book..Score: 5/5

Good story butThe overall story line was pretty good. However when the judge pulled out hydrochloride acid tablets at the end it soured for me. Hydrochloride acid is a liquid, there is no such thing as tablets. How he would get a bottle into the resort to accomplish the last step in his obfuscation of his career is unknown.Score: 4/5

MixedRepetitive. good story. could have been 1/2 as long..Score: 1/5

Unsatisfactory EndingAs usual, Grisham’s storytelling and ability to educate the reader is first-rate, but I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. I can’t abide someone not being held accountable for consciously doing something wrong, especially when they do it repeatedly..Score: 3/5

A worthwhile read that, for me, didn’t disappointThis author can write without the prattle of profanity, visual sex, and all the props other “ writers “ utilize to feed readers useless imaginary scenes to tantalize their readers baser desires. Mr. Grisham writes with the flair of grace and expertise to provide a well written storyline filled with mystery, intriguing suspense, cerebral thrills and chills, as well as inserting a moral imperative that no matter how upside down our world may be there is always hope that many people will choose to do the right thing for the right reasons. I have never met the man; however, I did visit the campus where he went to university. A young woman with whom I had never met; however, her parents were friends with mine, and she began to write me letters of encouragement during my two years of duty in Vietnam as a Hospital Corpsman. When I returned in March of 1968, and after some leave in my home in Texas, I started driving my new 1968 Olds 442 towards my next duty station in VA. Since my route led me close to Mississippi I took a detour to Oxford and met this kind stranger at her sorority house. We had a delightful visit and I went on my way and she pursued her law degree. I don’t know how her life has been, but I will always be grateful for the friendship she offered during a very unusual time in my life where letters were so important to receive. May God bless America, selfless people, and Mr. John Grisham. J. David Stephenson Thompson’s Station, TN.Score: 5/5

Do Not ReadSorry John. You cannot write books about Serial Killers. Please stick to the Law and the Courtroom. That’s where your work is the best..Score: 1/5

Good bookExcellent book to read..Score: 5/5

Terrific bookLoved it. Grisham delivers one of his best!.Score: 5/5

Good follow up storyDon’t want to ruin the ending for future readers of this book, but the ending could have been better for the good guys. Always love reading Grisham’s books..Score: 4/5

It was ok.I’ve been reading Grisham for years. I think he’s turned into a pulp author. The Firm, A Time to Kill are of a quality that has passed him by. This book was ok and I finished it but it wasn’t great..Score: 3/5

Not good…I’ve read everything Grisham has written, and they’ve all been great, except this one—I struggled to get through this book. Pretty idiotic, with unlikely characters.Score: 1/5

The Judge’s ListWow. Just love this author’s books. I read this in a day, and really enjoyed it!.Score: 5/5

NotYourHonorLike all Grisham books, I learned something. Good pace of action. Enough suspense to make it hard to put the book down. Not your typical serial killer profile which was a relief. Made me think about network (lack of) security..Score: 5/5

The Judge’s ListGrisham really told a good yarn this time, again. Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

Judges ListHorrible worst Grisham book ever..Score: 1/5

Not believable.A Judge? Not one fingerprint left behind in the court room or on a file or anywhere? Too many holes in the story..Score: 2/5

The JudgeA real page turner. Read it in 3 evenings..Score: 5/5

Another great book by Grisham!This book was different from the usual. Very interesting, captivating and enticing. I really enjoyed it and it was very well written, as per John Grisham. Markteach.Score: 5/5

IntriguingKept my interest from beginning to end..Score: 5/5

Boring and obviousHe phoned this one in..Score: 1/5

Enjoyed, ending felt rushedLoved the book, but like the Whistler, the ending felt rushed and left more questions. Needs another 50+ pages..Score: 4/5

The Judge’s ListGood storyline. Poorly written. Not one of his better books..Score: 3/5

Mary Louis is simply terribleBuy book it’s pure torture . Sad I was so looking forward to this novel . Also I can’t imagine why it was released . The producer has ears ? She is just awful terrible reader..Score: 1/5

The Judges ListExcellent, I loved the Whistler and now this one tops it. Bravo JG..Score: 5/5

Great readGets right to the point of the story.John Grisham never disappoints.Score: 5/5

Not badNot too exciting book as I expected..Score: 3/5

Perfect title!!Really interesting storyline, I personally think this is one of JG’s best books!! I hate that it ended. It’s so cool when people that we got to know show up in another book..Score: 4/5

Disappointing. Not up to Grisham standards.Big fan of John Grisham. This was disappointing compared to his reliability high standards. Remain a Grisham fan - but hope next title is better..Score: 1/5

Judges listAlways waiting for the hammer to drop. The book set me up. Hammer never dropped..Score: 1/5

Judges ListIt was good, suspenseful..Score: 4/5

Thank you John Grisham!Excellent read! This is the John Grisham I remember from the beginning of his writing career! Love the characters, story and excitement of this book!.Score: 5/5

Another wonderful novelA great read that should be made into a movie..Score: 5/5

BlooperIn the first book Gunther is a recovered addict who has been sober for years, now in the second book he has a “usual bottle of wine” at lunch. No mention at all about a backslide but his sobriety and addiction were a big part of his character in the first book I’m surprised Grisham or his editors didn’t catch that flub Lots of small inconsistencies in his character development this one was clearly lazy in the rush to publish a follow up. Not nearly as good as the first one.Score: 3/5

The Judge’s List - TWWGreat book! Interesting to the very end..Score: 5/5

Not bad.Ok but not one of his best.Score: 3/5

Judges ListToo long and drawn out….poor ending.Score: 2/5

When’s book IIINow that Lacy and Allie are a pair. There’s got to be a story somewhere..Score: 5/5

Great Read!Suspenseful right to the end! Great story line!.Score: 5/5

The Juges ListrGrisham has done it again.Score: 5/5

Fast paced well thought good story!I went to school Mississippi State University in 1977 and have read everything he’s published. I am one of his most avid fans. Blessings.Score: 5/5

Judge’ listI have been reading Grisham’s novels for years and waiting for “nexts” all the time. His are educational in American Law, sometimes I feel I can work out a trial on my own ….(LOL). Fiction is his game and he is a true storyteller with an accurate tense timeline. I only can say….bring them along my friend.Score: 5/5

UghhhNot one of his better ones. Would not recommend it..Score: 2/5

Couldn’t even get halfway thru. Are we SURE Grisham actually wrote this?Used to be a real page-turning kind of author..Score: 1/5

Not Worth Your TimeI love John Grisham - but this is a huge disappointment. Save your self the aggravation and wait for his next book..Score: 1/5

Judges ListFeels like it wasn’t written by Grisham..Score: 2/5

Ridiculously boringI don’t understand who would like this non suspenseful uninspired novel..Score: 1/5

Pick up the paceThis story developed way too slowly. Once I slogged though the interminable beginning I enjoyed the book..Score: 3/5

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Why I Read John GrishamThis is one of Grisham’s best. The king of rollercoaster ride that is typical of a good page turner, just what a reader needs in these very troubled times. I have bought copies as Christmas gifts and am recommending it friends. Read and enjoy! And do stay safe..Score: 5/5

TerribleI was excited to get this book and then my excitement turned to positive boredom. I couldn’t believe Mr. Grisham wrote this book. It’s like he had a child write it for him. The writing is horrific, the characters are one dimensional and the plot is as predictable as it is unrealistic. I only got about 1/3 of the way through (and that was by forcing myself to try to read it) before I put it down for good..Score: 1/5

Great work!Outstanding story, once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I have read the majority of John Grisham novels and this one stands out as one of his best works!.Score: 5/5

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