I used to love Grisham and read loads of his books until I sort of realised I knew what the end would be because they were formulaic; so it’s been some time and I was, to be honest, somewhat sceptical…But I needn’t have been because the break has done me well and I really emoted this book. Just one small gripe…but I’ll get to that later.
The Whistler is a novel about Indian reservations, money laundering and corrupt judges. As you can no doubt imagine this makes for a good read!
Following a lawyer who works for an agency I had no idea even exists (which is does!) that investigates complaints about judges we enter a world of white collar crime, but end up at times right in the thick of the messy stuff too.
The lead character is a woman and whilst we get the usual carry on about how good looking she is (which I admit drives me bonkers!) she is at least very capable and an interesting protagonist. She is gutsy and brave and a smart cookie as well. Not a bad heroine!
The novel was in Grisham’s usual easy style and there were no bits where I thought “what just happened”, or, “what the heck does that mean”? My only complaint would be that there was a lot of build-up and detail and then a very swift resolution – in fact the epilogue could have made a whole part II novel! But I digress – it didn’t take away from my enjoyment (only a little) and it did at least make it a readable size (I felt that if justice had really been done it would have ended up as his longest novel…).
So, all in all a good read – great for hard core fans and for returning readers like me. Definitely a solid bet for the Christmas gift giver.
About the Author
John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specialising in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.