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The Guardians: A Novel

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Michael Beck

11 Hours 51 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2019

Audio Book Summary

In this instant #1 New York Times bestseller, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.

“Terrific…affecting…Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
“A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.”—Associated Press

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.

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  • Berva Lorraine H.

    I love John Grisham’s books. The background was interesting and well described. The story was important and paralleled true characters. Kept my interest from start to finish.

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  • Kenneth D.

    Enjoyed it a lot! The many different characters required diligence on a long Christmas car trip. The narrator had a lot of Southern dialects whach added to the listening pleasure.

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  • Byron W.

    The book was typical Grisham, which I always enjoy. The biggest problem was when I got to track 48 out of 52, it started quitting after about every 30 seconds or so. I would have to pull out my phone and restart it. It would usually repeat about 10 seconds of what I'd already heard, play another 30 seconds and then quit again. Very frustrating, but I was too close to the end to quit. This was only the second book I've listened to from this company and I bought a one year membership, so I hope this isn't typical.

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  • Anonymous

    Great listen

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  • Kate M.

    Too many characters. Not compelling. Had to force myself to finish it.i would not recommend it

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  • Marie Thérèse C.

    Excellent book. I learned something new..again. Brillant pairing for John Grisham's books when Michael Beck is the reader. Can't wait for a new JG 2020 book.

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  • Lenora S.

    Interesting read but anti-climatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Really good book, a little trouble following the different alleged criminals and charges, but ultimately I rated a 4 because I missed there being a love interest for the main character. There should have been some vein within the story that developed that. The challenge to be successful in that part of his life would have rounded out the other successes he had at the end. Great Narration!

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  • Mercedes K.

    I was not disappointed . Unfortunately there are men that are sent to jail for crimes they did not committed. Kept my interest all the way. Fine novel again. Mercedes K.

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  • Anonymous

    Held my interest well

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