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Publisher's Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • Investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer, and closes in on a shocking suspect—a sitting judge—in “one of the best crime reads of the year.... Bristling with high-tech detail and shivering with suspense.... Worth staying up all night to finish” (Wall Street Journal).

In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change.

Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims.

Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.

He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction.

He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?

The Judge’s List is by any measure John Grisham’s most surprising, chilling novel yet.

©2021 John Grisham (P)2021 Random House Audio

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THE NARRATION IS FINE!

I have not finished the book, but felt compelled to put this out since the visible reviews all indicate the narration is an issue. I don’t get that! I listen to books every day. I am amiss in rarely reviewing because I definitely read reviews. I do care about the narrator, and listen carefully to the sample before buying. Mary-Louise Parker is an excellent actor, and highly regarded. I first noted her on West Wing. Her voice is unique, but not hard to listen to. I have read or listened to all of John Grisham’s books, (I think). People are so critical. We will all have our favorites, but he really has not put out a bad book. There is so much junk out there it can be hard to find something worth listening to. And sometimes books are hard to get into. I am not very far into this book, but it got my attention from the start and it has not waned. The reader is great. Who knows why people are so critical, but Mary-Louise Parker does a fine job with this book. She has acted in all types of productions. I listen more now than read because I do not have time to sit down for hours with a book at this point in life. Don’t automatically pass on this book because of whatever has caused the negative ratings on narration. If it was awful, (and that does matter to me), I would have not stopped to write the review. I feel an injustice is being done, and I want to speak up for the narrator. This book is not at all hard to listen to. There are some awful readers - Ms. Parker is NOT one of them.

UPDATE AFTER COMPLETION OF THE BOOK - great story, too!

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Terrible narration!!

THE worst narration!!! Wow, doesn’t anyone check this out before it’s completed. Could’ve been a decent story to listen to!

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NARRATION WAS JUST AWFUL

The narration was lackluster, and I could not distinguish when a different character was speaking. It became mindnumbing trying to determine who was speaking. It was so distracting that I can't tell whether I even liked the book. I was so hopeful about this book...

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Thank you Mr. Grisham

As always, a very well written story. Ms Parker gave a wonderful performance. I sure hope we get to see the private detective team being formed in September.

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I was really excited about this book being an avid Grisham fan. Sadly the NARRATION WAS TERRIBLE!!!! Sooooo slow and monotonous. The storyline was medicore Grisham with both female main characters really hard to like. Bummer.

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I wish I hadn't preordered this

And waited for other users' reviews before I bought it. While I enjoyed the narrator's performances in The Client, the overdramatization and rising intonation declaratives were very taxing on my poor ears to sit through for hours. The story didn't fare much better, either. I'm not sure I understand why the informant decided on the BJC as her go-to authority and still cannot make sense of her paranoia or excessive traumatic response to a crime that she did not even witness in person. As an avid consumer of crime fiction and nonfiction, I do not share the informant's or investigators' awe for the perpetrator's methods, since strangulation seems like the easiest MO for a perfect crime. And I find it difficult to believe that he did not leave other trace evidence (such as hair, which would have easily given investigators his DNA). The flimsy plot, the unlikable characters, and the flippant tone of the narration make me wish I had canceled my pre-order of this title and used my credit on a more deserving one.

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This performance?

If the Kardashians, like, narrated a book, like, it would sound like this? Can’t get past it.

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Awful narrator. New meaning to board to death. Storyline seems great. Guess I’ll have to buy and read.

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Best one yet!

Grisham has done it again. I have read all his books, some were better than others. This one was a page turner or however you say that when you listen to it on Audible. The narrator was top notch, too. I usually don't like female narrators. Mary Louise Parker had just the right inflections. Do it again, John!

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The narrator is boring and the book is bad. Really disappointed that I spent a credit on this book.

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