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The Judge's List: A Novel af John…

The Judge's List: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af John Grisham (Forfatter)

Serier: The Whistler (2)

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Titel:The Judge's List: A Novel
Forfattere:John Grisham (Forfatter)
Info:Doubleday (2021), 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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This had a slow start and not a great reader. I had a very hard time distinguishing which character was talking during conversations. I just never really connected with this book. Too bad. ( )
  njcur | Nov 24, 2021 |
This review originally appeared on the Mystery and Suspense Magazine at this link... https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/the-judges-list/

Meet His Honor Ross Bannick—distinguished judge, charming gentleman and a vengeful serial killer! For more than two decades, Bannick has been killing people—each in a different state, and each murder a perfect crime that has eventually grown stone cold.

Where law enforcement agencies have failed, a private citizen named Jeri Crosby has doggedly pursued the judge’s trail and has compiled a list of His Honor’s victims over the years, one of whom is her own father. Unfortunately, all she has to connect these murders with Bannick is only motive and method, which is never enough to interest the Police or the FBI. But, there is one agency that is bound by the law to investigate the judge, if only Jeri could muster the courage to file a complaint.

Lacy Stoltz, a twelve-year veteran with the Board on Judicial Conduct, Florida—an understaffed, under-resourced agency that investigates misdemeanors of sitting judges—is pushing forty and has to take some important decisions soon if she wants to rejuvenate her career, and her life. Barring the deadly battle with a crime syndicate while investigating a corrupt judge three years ago, the scars of which she still carries, her job has ceased to excite her anymore.

When Jeri finally approaches Lacy with her allegations, Lacy is skeptical; a sitting judge being accused of murder is something entirely unheard of in the nation’s judicial history. But Jeri’s persuasion wins and Lacy takes up the case. Severely unequipped to handle such a complicated murder investigation, and unable to involve the mainstream agencies for fear of alerting the judge, Lacy walks a tightrope to ascertain in secret the merits of Jeri’s complaint. The devious judge has his own means of monitoring the murder investigations and soon gets wind of Lucy’s probe. Somebody is on his trail for the first time in twenty-plus years and—simultaneously thrilled and scared—Judge Bannick plans to neutralize the threat before it could take him down.

The Judge’s List by John Grisham—one of the greatest storytellers of our time—hooks the reader immediately with its premise of a serial killer judge and keeps up the grip until the very end. The plot moves forward smoothly, at precisely the right pace, narrated in Grisham’s simple yet engaging prose. The characters—both the major and the minor ones alike—are well crafted and their interactions are entertaining, especially the ones between Lacy and her brother, Gunther. Judge Bannick is sure to be remembered for a long time by readers for his patience and brilliance, and his extreme efforts to avoid getting caught. The ending, while not wholly satisfactory, is unique and feels realistic. As always, I wanted the pages of The Judge’s List to move both fast and slow at the same time—fast, so I get to know what happens in the end quickly, and slow, to let me enjoy Grisham’s storytelling for a bit longer. Some repetition at places and a few unneeded sequences are the only issues—minor ones at that—with this engrossing tale.

The Judge’s List is yet another proof of Grisham’s supreme ability to delight his readers and I wish he keeps doing it again and again!

My sincere thanks to Doubleday Books for the review e-copy in exchange for my honest review! ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
I made the mistake of stopping right at the crucial point three-fourths of the way through the book, and it filled my grisly dreams. Lacy Stolz, who has appeared in one other Grisham book, is still working at the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, becomes involved in a case where a well-respected judge is accused of being a serial killer. Way beyond the scope of most of their investigations into judicial misconduct, she, along with the 20 years of research done by one of the victims’ daughters, plunges into a very dangerous investigation. Like all Grisham books, its easy to become enmeshed in the storyline and it won’t disappoint his legion of fans. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 19, 2021 |
John Grisham brings back Investigator Lucy Stolz in his newest release, The Judge's List.
Lucy works for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, investigating complaints involving judges. A woman who hides behind a number of aliases brings a case to Lucy's attention regarding a sitting judge and some heinous crimes. Jeri has been looking into this judge for over twenty years. She is terrified of the man and wants Lucy to take it from there.

What a neat concept. I had no idea there was such an overseer of judicial conduct - but there is. Who better than John Grisham to write about a legal process?

You'll be astounded at the perpetrator's motives and methods and fascinated with how he has covered his track for so many years. Quite chilling. Jeri was difficult to like for me - she's pushy, single minded and at first I thought she was overreacting with her precautions. (She's not) I liked Lucy in The Whistler and was quite happy to see her in another book. Her team is an eclectic bunch and add to the story.

Though mostly told through Lucy's viewpoint, Jeri and the judge also have chapters of their own.

We do know who the culprit is, but it's the race to capture him before he commits additional crimes that is the story. I'm not sure if I was 100% on board with the judge's actions at the end, but I quite enjoyed the journey. And I'd be very happy to see Lucy again.

I chose to listen to The Judge's List. Grisham has an author's note in the beginning and it's a nice opener to the book. The narrator was Mary-Louise Parker. She speaks clearly, is easy to understand. Her speaking speed is at measured pace. The voices for Lucy and Jeri are very similar and you'll have to keep track of who is speaking. A great tale and a good listen. ( )
  Twink | Nov 18, 2021 |
One of his better thrillers. Interesting plot and good characters. Kept me on the edge of my seat. ( )
  Doondeck | Nov 8, 2021 |
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