Book Review – The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler

John Grisham


RRP: $37.99


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.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.