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The Guardians: A Novel

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Michael Beck

6 Hours 32 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2019

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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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  • Barbara A.

    Such a beautiful voice! Another fine novel from Mr. Grisham !

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  • Kristi Tiseo

    Best Narrator I've ever heard!! Great story and love that it was inspired by a true event. Fantastic read/listen!

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  • Patty Oole

    You'll be hooked! You'll be cheering for some characters and jeering for others. This book will leave you with the desire to make a difference in our judicial system.

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  • Tanisha T.

    The narration was EVERYTHING!!! This is a great book, was hard to put down. A must read!

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  • Nancy V.

    Great book as usual

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  • Jess T.

    Great story!! Love it all

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  • Ed P.

    I enjoy this book a great deal I actually have shared my opinions with mother folks that started reading it also told me they're enjoying it.

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  • Kimberly A.

    This book was great from the start. The narrator was phenomenal and made the words come alive. I have a new appreciation for the work done by those working to get innocent people out of prison. I loved every minute listening to this, thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Great Read/Listen. I highly recommend. My husband is not a reader but we did a road trip to see our son (not flying during pandemic) and I decided on this audio book. We were both hooked from the get go! Love the story and all the characters! Mr. Becks narration was perfect! Would be great to hear from Post, Frankie, Maisy,

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  • Melissa B.

    John Grisham never fails to tell a great story. This kept me interested the whole way. Thank you, Mr Grisham, for not relying on vulgarity and perverse sexual situations as an author. You’re a great example for other writers.

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