FICTION

The Whistler

Doubleday. Oct. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780385541190. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541206. F
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In his latest legal thriller (after Rogue Lawyer), Grisham addresses a timely and sensitive topic—who judges prominent judges who break the law? Lacy Stolz, a lawyer who examines instances of judicial misconduct for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, usually investigates issues of incompetence, but now she's entrenched in a corruption case. Greg Myers, a disbarred lawyer practicing under an assumed identity, claims his client, a state employee too scared to pursue a claim under the Florida Whistleblower Law, has uncovered some dirt about circuit court judge Claudia McDover, who apparently is in the pocket of the local Mafia. In exchange for rigging trials, McDover skims her share from Indian casinos and launders it with the assistance of a friendly trust and estate lawyer. This case, with its close connections to the mob, becomes a dangerous and deadly assignment for Lacy and Hugo Hatch, her married assistant who's struggling to raise his family.
VERDICT This captivating and suspenseful tale offers a welcome reminder of how Grisham expertly and entertainingly interweaves his story line with the mechanics of the legal process. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/16.]

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