The Florida Bureau of Judicial Conduct is used to investigating drunk lawyers. That's the earnest but laid-back group readers encounter in John Grisham's "The Whistler."
Then, a complaint is filed about an alleged corrupt judge. That will result in one of the Bureau's lawyer's deaths, another one's severe injuries and the wiping out of the Coastal Mafia by the FBI.
The motivation for that complaint is not in the public interest. The three who put together that initiative hope to land a lucrative whistleblower award. (Spoiler Alert: And in the end they do)
Two of them are lawyers who had done time in prison. The other is a court reporter for a circuit court judge who hates her boss.
None of the three truly realizes how deep the tentacles of corruption go. Neither do members of the Bureau. That circuit court judge is just a small piece of an organized crime racket that extends from real estate development to a Native American gambling casino.
Grisham keeps us turning he pages (373 of them) by getting us hooked into what's next.
For example, will the FBI, whose priorities are terrorism and cybercrime, help out the Bureau? At first it blows it off. Who will be the next body? Won't skilled lawyers get the miscreants off? And will the Bureau's spinster find love?
Mysteries continue to be a brisk-selling genre. The book was published on October 25th of this year. Already it has received 1,677 reviews. And it ranks #17 on Amazon.
But don't start reading it unless you have the rest of the day to finish it.
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