The GuardiansThe Guardians by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Guardians are a group of people working for a not-for-profit innocence program in the south. The story is loosely based on true events you will learn in the author’s notes.

Plot. An innocent man is convicted of a murder he did not commit, and circumstantial evidence hatched by a drug cartel and a crooked sheriff results in a life sentence.

The awful truism of this book is that the bigotry and despicable behavior of law enforcement through the supposedly unbiased judicial system is still an evil we, as a country, have never completely purged. This still happens, and the unwarranted hate of our fellow man is alive and well today. Good ‘ole boy racism, guilty consciences, fear of retribution, decent people trying to make a difference – it’s all here.

No sex scenes, no unseemly language, nothing offensive. Have been a big fan of John Grisham for much of his career, but skipped the last few books. For a guy who penned such greats as A Time to Kill, they were way below his capabilities. However, he’s back with The Guardians. It’s a page-turning legal thriller to enjoy.

Read by Michael Beck, about 12 hours of listening in unabridged format, released in October 2019 by Random House Audio.



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