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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