The Whistler : The Whistler

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • Series: The Whistler
  • 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From John Grisham, America's number one best-selling author, comes the most electrifying novel of the year, a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.
We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.
But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It's rare, but it happens.
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.
But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states and throughout US history.
What's the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month's cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It's a sweet deal: Everyone is making money.
But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous.
Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

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The strong epilogue improved the rating

I'm a fan of narrator Cassandra Campbell. She was great in co-narrating Small Great Things. When Breath Becomes Air, The Help, etc., but The Whistler is not good material for her to solo narrate. I found much of The Whistler audiobook to be boring; I'm uncertain how much of that was the material vs. the almost emotionless voice of the narrator.

I've been very critical of some recent Grisham novels in my reviews, especially Gray Mountain and The Rogue Lawyer. The Whistler is, unlike those two novels, a very good story, a story worth listening to. But Grisham saves most of his tight prose for the epilogue. The body of the novel is not interestingly written. I suspect my 4 star rating is being a bit kind.
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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!"

The audial book

The woman reading was horrible. She made me want to fall asleep. I read all John Grisham books so I will buy this book and read it myself.
I'm sorry I wasted the money to get this audial !
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- Peggy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio