Today I'm featuring a current read, The Guardians, John Grisham's latest legal thriller. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version I borrowed from the library.
Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-four minutes. As always during these dreadful nights, the clock seems to tick faster as the final hour approaches. I've suffered through two of these countdowns in other states. One went full cycle and my man uttered his final words. The other was waved off in a miracle finish.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
As per his usual narrative style, Grisham pulls the reader in immediately, creating a sense of urgency that appeals to one's sense of social justice. This is another of his compelling, page-turning novels.
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I'd like to read this - I've really enjoyed his books in the past. His writing pulls me in immediately too and I want to know more - what was 'the miracle finish'?ReplyDelete
Who can resist a John Grisham thriller? I read one of his last month, and another legal thriller by Michael Papantonio - I bet you'd like him too :) Thanks!ReplyDelete
I liked that intro, make me curious - hope you enjoy this one.ReplyDelete
Oh, yes, Grisham does grab us with the intensity of these stories. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I want to read this book. I heard a great interview with Grisham on NPR last week, and he talked about what made him want to write this book. The opening makes me want to read more!ReplyDelete
I use to read every John Grisham novel that came out, but then I kind of grew bored with his books. Maybe I should give them a go again as they still sound great.ReplyDelete
I'd keep reading! I don't think I've ever read one of his books.ReplyDelete