The Whistler by John Grisham- A book review

It’s been a long time since I posted a blog. I’ve been missing this terribly. Being a poetry blogger I often feel the words have just dried up. My last poem was written about a year ago and I suddenly feel hopeless if I will ever pick it up from where I left. Have you guys had a feeling like this or is it just me? *wondering out loud*

This quarantine has finally given me some inspiration to get going. Life is short, let us rekindle the hobbies what really gives us joy. Besides, reviews are not just for an audience, it’s sometimes for ourselves to remember the journey we had while reading the book.

So, here is my review for our courtroom drama specialist John Grisham’s- The Whistler.

The Plot

Greg Meyers, an ex-lawyer and a convicted felon, is always on the run for the fear of his past. With age hitting him hard and not much options to retire, he decides to bust the misconduct of a judge and gain some money out of it. 

Judge Claudia McDover kicks off her career in law as a revenge on her divorced husband but encounters a change in track after meeting Vonn Dubose. Vonn, the master mind and head of the catfish mafia, is involved in money laundering and skimming cash out of the casinos built on the Indian land. Vonn manages to tackle anyone in his way and hardly keeps a count on the dead bodies. When he needs a judge in his pocket, Claudia becomes an easy target. His deal proposes to pay her a part of the black money made from the casinos and in turn every verdict is favoured his way. 

Grey Meyers meets Lacy Soltz and Hugo Hatch, lawyers at the Board of Judicial Conduct (BJC), an organisation that deals with corrupt judges to files an official complaint about Claudia. Lucy is attractive, smart, and single. Hugo is a married man with 4 kids. Lucy is close with Hugo’s family and his wife Verna is a good friend. They are equally interested about the case and instantly get lured in when someone calls from the Indian reservation with a so called tip. They realise the trap laid for them a minute too late. 

With such a powerful enemy on the other side will they ever be able to nail the judge? 


The pace of the book takes an abrupt change in-between. Grisham, who is particular about all the details in the first half of the book seems to be in a hurry in the second part. For someone who enjoyed the descriptions of Gray Mountain by John Grisham, The Whistler might disappoint.

Even as the plot is great, the sudden disappearance of Meyers and the reason behind it failed to convince. 

If you are a crime thriller fan, I’d recommend you to give it a try. It is a considerably small book and perfect to accompany you during journeys. 

Rating: 3.5/5
Category: Crime Fiction, Suspence
Recommended age groups: Young Adult, Adult

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