Witness to a Trial : The Whistler

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • Series: The Whistler
  • 0 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A startling and original courtroom drama from New York Times best seller John Grisham that is the prequel to his newest legal thriller, The Whistler.
A judge's first murder trial.
A defense attorney in over his head.
A prosecutor out for blood and glory.
The accused, who is possibly innocent.
And the killer, who may have just committed the perfect crime.


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A short story prequel to The Whistler

This short story is set in the Florida panhandle. As one would expect there is not much to a 54 minute story. A native American is framed for murdering his wife and his best male friend in order to facilitate a casino being built of tribal land. The once great writer John Grisham will release his newest novel The Whistler on October 25. The question is,will he release a great novel of which he proved very capable in his earlier career or will The Whistler be another quickly thrown together piece of literary garbage like he has done in his more recent novels? We shall see!
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

An Appetizer

I guess times have changed. In the past this would be the prologue of the book. Now they spin it into a novella and sell it. What is the book going to be like if one does not read the novella first? This is the prequel to “The Whistler”, Gresham’s new book due out any day.

This novella primarily introduces the reader to the key characters of the upcoming book. The Trial is about a native American man who has been set up for the murder of his wife and his best friend by a paid assassin. The underlying villain is the person attempting to build a casino on the tribal land. The judge is conducting her first murder trial. The defense attorney is in over his head and the prosecutor is out to make a name for himself by winning a death penalty case.

The novella is well written and is very concise. The twists and turns of the plot are starting in the novella and so is the suspense. I can hardly wait to read the book.

Mark Deakins does an excellent job narrating the novella. Deakins is an award winning audiobook narrator and actor.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio