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The Judge's List: A Novel

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John Grisham, Mary-Louise Parker

11 Hours 36 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2021

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer, and closes in on a shocking suspect—a sitting judge—in “one of the best crime reads of the year.... Bristling with high-tech detail and shivering with suspense.... Worth staying up all night to finish” (Wall Street Journal).
In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change.

Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims.

Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.

He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction.

He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?

The Judge’s List is by any measure John Grisham’s most surprising, chilling novel yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Difficult to listen to. John Grisham is a marvelous author. Ok, so a bit of a formula writer. But I cannot seem to fight my way through this audio book with MaryLouise Parker reading. She needs training really bad. Her voice does not differ from character to character. I\'ll read Judges\' List but via a paperback book -- not this awful audio book. I gave JG a 2 star only because I can\'t seem to get through it with MLP reading it. Fun actress in Red, Red2. But terrible narrator.

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  • Marti Byler

    I didn't care for the narrator. She sounded like she was giving a lecture not reading a book.

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  • Anonymous

    is Grisham loosing it or is it just me...please find another narrator this was agonizing.

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  • Carmine D.

    I was really looking forward to listening to this book. Unfortunately the narrator was horrible. I could not follow the story and gave up after 30 minutes. Hopefully John Grisham will re do this audio book with a better narrator.

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  • Jennifer L.

    Really didn’t like the narration.

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  • Lauren H.

    Love her as an actress. Do not care for the flat performance here. Michael Beck is one reason we buy the audio books. He brings depth to the characters. This one is a hard listen….

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  • Mary C.

    I thought the storyline was pretty good. I disliked the narrator. You couldn’t distinguish the characters. They all sounded alike; men, women, boys and girls! Because the story was good, I’d recommend.

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  • Kristina S.

    I'm a huge John Grisham fan, a lot less critical of his work than some people who's reviews I've read, but this was not a favorite of mine. I was very much looking forward to the follow-up for the Wistleblower, which, in contrast, was a fantastic read. The Judge's list seemed too dark and less realistic, not what I'm used to from my favorite writer. To me, it's lacking that special trademark style.

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  • Stephen L.

    The narration could be improved - doing multiple characters with a recognizable and consistent voice is a audiobook skill not very reader has. But I was ok with it as I very much enjoyed the plot. I had read the first book with the main character and liked the follow up story. Maybe a third one coming?

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  • Thelma M.

    Love Grisham.. This was no exception. Had a hard time with the narrator.

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