The Guardians : The explosive new thriller from international bestseller John Grisham (Free Download), 22 years ago Quincy Miller was sentenced to life without parole. He was accused of killing Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no reliable witnesses and little motive.
Just the fact that Russo had botched Quincy’s divorce case, that Quincy was black in a largely all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of Quincy’s car. A torch he swore was planted. A torch that was conveniently destroyed in a fire just before his trial.
The lack of evidence made no difference to judge or jury. In the eyes of the law Quincy was guilty and, no matter how often he protested his innocence, his punishment was life in prison.
Finally, after 22 years, comes Quincy’s one and only chance of freedom. An innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends to make Quincy the next.
But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo’s murder. They prefer that an innocent man dies in jail rather than one of them. There’s one way to guarantee that. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they’ll kill another without a second thought.
Grisham’s past form leads you to expect gripped drama; instead he produces a brilliant comic set piece in which everything that could go wrong in a trial does * The Sunday Times * Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller * The Times * The best thriller writer alive * Ken Follett * A superbly plotted legal thriller * Sunday Express * No one does it better than Grisham * Daily Telegraph * The master of the legal thriller turns to one of his real-life passions – freeing those wrongly convicted. Inspired by true stories, the skilful plot follows an “innocence lawyer”, who goes up against dangerous foes as he dedicates himself to freeing a man behind bars for the murder of a lawyer. * Sunday Mirror.
Simmering with righteous and understandable anger in place about the manifest injustices of the US criminal justice system * Financial Times * A canny and engrossing blend of two types of Grisham novel: enough of the familiar formula of a single lawsuit in a single town, mixed with a more picaresque and multistranded approach that has the significant advantage of taking in a wider swathe of America * The Sunday Times.
John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.
His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury. Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids’ books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.