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The Whistler

A Novel

NO. 1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of Florida, 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
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"Riveting . . . finely drawn . . . The Whistler centers on an elaborate conspiracy involving an Indian reservation, an organized crime syndicate and a crooked judge skimming a small fortune from the tribal casino's monthly haul."-The New York Times Book Review

"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 . . . Grisham's on his game."-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"A fascinating look at judicial corruption . . . an entirely convincing story and one of Grisham's best. I can't think of another major American novelist since Sinclair Lewis who has so effectively targeted social and political ills in our society. In Grisham's case, it is time at least to recognize that at his best he is not simply the author of entertaining legal thrillers but an important novelistic critic of our society. In more than 30 novels, he has often used his exceptional storytelling skills to take a hard look at injustice and corruption in the legal world and in our society as a whole."-Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

"Grisham's latest involves the rich and powerful and an abuse of the justice system. Grisham novels are crowd-pleasers because he knows how to satisfy readers who want to see injustice crushed, and justice truly prevails for those who cannot buy influence."-Associated Press

"Grisham has become an institution. For more than 25 years now he's been 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. He excels at describing injustice and corruption. Grisham's legal knowledge is impressive, and his ability to convey it unparalleled in popular fiction."-USA Today
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John Grisham is the author of more than thirty novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers.
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    The satellite radio was playing soft jazz, a compromise. Lacy, the owner of the Prius and thus the radio, loathed rap almost as much as Hugo, her passenger, loathed contemporary country. They had failed to agree on sports talk, public radio, golden oldies, adult comedy, and the BBC, without getting near bluegrass, CNN, opera, or a hundred other stations. Out of frustration on her part and fatigue on his, they both threw in the towel early and settled on soft jazz. Soft, so Hugo's deep and lengthy nap would not be disturbed. Soft, because Lacy didn't care much for jazz either. It was another give-and-take of sorts, one of many that had sustained their teamwork over the years. He slept and she drove and both were content.

    Before the Great Recession, the Board on Judicial Conduct had access to a small pool of state-owned Hondas, all with four doors and white paint and low mileage. With budget cuts, though, those disappeared. Lacy, Hugo, and countless other public employees in Florida were now expected to use their own vehicles for the state's work, reimbursed at fifty cents a mile. Hugo, with four kids and a hefty mortgage, drove an ancient Bronco that could barely make it to the office, let alone a road trip. And so he slept.

    Lacy enjoyed the quiet. She handled most of her cases alone, as did her colleagues. Deeper cuts had decimated the office, and the BJC was down to its last six investigators. Seven, in a state of twenty million people, with a thousand judges sitting in six hundred courtrooms and processing a half a million cases a year. Lacy was forever grateful that almost all judges were honest, hardworking people committed to justice and equality. Otherwise, she would have left long ago. The small number of bad apples kept her busy fifty hours a week.

    She gently touched the signal switch and slowed on the exit ramp. When the car rolled to a stop, Hugo lurched forward as if wide awake and ready for the day. "Where are we?" he asked.

    "Almost there. Twenty minutes. Time for you to roll to your right and snore at the window."

    "Sorry. Was I snoring?"

    "You always snore, at least according to your wife."

    "Well, in my defense, I was walking the floor at three this morning with her latest child. I think it's a girl. What's her name?"

    "Wife or daughter?"

    "Ha‑ha."

    The lovely and ever-pregnant Verna kept few secrets when it came to her husband. It was her calling to keep his ego in check and it was no small task. In another life, Hugo had been a football star in high school, then the top-rated signee in his class at Florida State, and the first freshman to crack the starting lineup. He'd been a tailback, both bruising and dazzling, for three and a half games anyway, until they carried him off on a stretcher with a jammed vertebra in his upper spine. He vowed to make a comeback. His mother said no. He graduated with honors and went to law school. His glory days were fading fast, but he would always carry some of the swagger possessed by all-Americans. He couldn't help it.

    "Twenty minutes, huh?" he grunted.

    "Sure, or not. If you like, I'll just leave you in the car with the motor running and you can sleep all day."

    He rolled to his right, closed his eyes, and said, "I want a new partner."

    "That's an idea, but the problem is nobody else will have you."

    "And one with a bigger car."

    "It gets fifty miles a gallon."

    He grunted again, grew still, then twitched, jerked, mumbled, and sat straight up. He rubbed his eyes and said, "What are we listening to?"

    "We had this conversation a long time ago, when we left Tallahassee, just as you were beginning to hibernate."

    "I offered to drive, as I recall."

    "Yes, with one eye open. It meant so much. How's Pippin?"

    "She cries a lot. Usually, and I say this from vast experience, when a newborn cries it's for a reason. Food, water, diaper, momma--whatever. Not this one. She squawks for the hell of it. You don't know what you're mis
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 480
Erscheinungsdatum 11.07.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-18217-4
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.5/10.3/3 cm
Gewicht 230 g
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a book worth reading again and again
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Bremen am 01.04.2017
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I couldn't put the book down till I was done reading it. Looking forward to the next John Grisham thriller that I will keep me on my toes like this one.