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The Judge’s list

“Fierce obsession with anything, and especially something as traumatic as a murder, was not healthy.”

― John Grisham

Why I’m Reading this Book?

This was the book which prompted me to read Whistler first. I kept seeing its promotion on kindle and I thought the premise was intriguing. Whistler wasn’t interesting enough, but I’m getting on with this final book of the series.


Our protagonist is the same as from Whistler, Ms. Lacy, who is a part of team of Florida board on judicial conducts. She receives a frantic complaint about a judge with impeccable reputation. Complaint is that this judge has kept a list of people over the years, and murdering them. There is no proof , just coincidences. Complaint is very implausible and Lacy is skeptical. But she decides to investigate and uncovers a shocking story.

My Review…

This book is at par with Whistler i.e. mediocre. What is mentioned in synopsis is the story. There is no suspense, no thrill, no mystery whatsoever. In whistler, there was some personal attention given to Lacy, but in this book, not so much.

Complainant, who is also a woman, was shown as a very intelligent and shrewd lady, but after complaint is filed, she starts taunting the judge of whom she was deathly scared of. Whatever for? Nobody knows. Also book is confusing about who is the protagonist, Lacy or Jeri (Complaining party)? Both are given some role, but not that much , which would deem anyone the main lead.

Plot was easily guessed, and there wasn’t even much to guess of. Everything was revealed quite early and after that reader is just waiting for story to end. And she knows how it would end too.

I’m highly disappointed with the writer. He is known for his court room books, but there is no court-room here. Making the murderer a judge and investigator a member of some judiciary board doesn’t make this a court room story. It’s just some ordinary plot about a killer and catcher. That’s it.

My Rating — 1

On the scale of: (1- Hate , 2- Neither like nor dislike, 3- Like, 4- Love, 5- Gaga)

I gave whistler 2 because I still had some hope with final book. But this book has let me down so much that I’ll be taking break from John Grisham for unforeseeable future and further on, I’ll also take care of choosing a book from a kindle ad.

Why anyone else should read this Book?

Not a great book. I wont suggest it to anyone. Invest your time in something better.

“Life is too short to read a bad book.” – James Joyce


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