The Guardians by John Grisham
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 448 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 50 minutes
First Published: 2019
In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.
Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. But no one was listening. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.
Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time. Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.
They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.
Quotes from The Guardians
In white America, prisons are good places where bad men pay for their crimes. In black America, they are too often used as warehouses to keep minorities off the streets.
In the U.S. there are over two million people locked up, and it takes one million employees and $80 billion in tax dollars to take care of them.
Just observe the billboards along any busy Florida highway and you’ll almost wish you could get injured.
About John Grisham
John Grisham is an American author, attorney, politician and activist. He is best known for his legal thrillers, including A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Reckoning, and The Guardians. Nine of his novels have been adapted for film. He practiced as a criminal defense attorney for about a decade and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives for six years. Visit the author’s website →