#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 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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UghhhNot one of his better ones. Would not recommend it..Score: 2/5

DisappointingThin characters with implausible plot and sloppy science.Score: 1/5

Not AgainI really, really wanted to like it. I didn’t think I would love it like the early books. That’s not a possibility anymore. I just wanted to like it. Going in I thought maybe it would turn out pretty good. Unfortunately I can honestly say I might have fully read a total of five chapters. The rest I skimmed. Good premise but pages of nothingness. I keep telling myself not again but the hope never dies! It’s not worth the frustration anymore..Score: 2/5

Judge’s ListGood read, good ending or different anyway. Grisham does not always wrap things up well but he did with this one..Score: 4/5

InterestingGood story with an unusual murderer. I thought the conclusion was a bit disappointing..Score: 4/5

The Judges ListToo much story and not enough trial..Score: 5/5

The Judge’s ListJust okay. I kept waiting for and exciting reveal, but it never happened. Seemed too formula..Score: 3/5

HERE COMES THE JUDGEThis was memorable Grissom, at his best. Wonderfully written, plenty of intrigue, and a very bad judge. He is stalked by an amazing, and determined woman who spends half her life trying to redeem her fathers murder, and those other victims he also killed. I have read all of Grisham’s books, and this is at the top. JH - Utah.Score: 5/5

The Judges ListNot one of his better books. It was pretty boring until about p.150, then gets a little interesting. None of the characters are very likable, especially Jeri. Not a book I’d recommend..Score: 2/5

Outstanding!I could jot put it down! Incredibly well put together…Somehow, it makes the readers feel like they are joining the team to catch the killer….Wow!.Score: 5/5

Should have been betterDisappointing. Without giving too much away, one of the main characters does something stupid and completely out of character and it just ruined the entire book. It started out promising and interesting…a really unusual premise, but the action of one of the main characters was clearly a device to move the plot along and seemed lazy to me. I expected better..Score: 2/5

Loved it!!I had a very hard time putting this book down….. until the (almost) end. Then it kind of bewildered me, until the (actual) end. Still, worth the read..Score: 4/5

Does not disappoint.Really enjoyed this book. Suspenseful in many parts. Worth the read!.Score: 4/5

Good but not that good.I liked the story as it is plausible but there were many details which were not consistent with police work. Obviously Grisham is more knowledgeable about legal world and comes short on police investigation hence decreasing the believability factor..Score: 3/5

The Judge’s ListGreat read. Story is filled with details that make the reader feel like part of the team. Some serious twists that keep the excitement level up and and reading into the night. Really like seeing the personal life of characters too..Score: 5/5

ExcellentVery suspenseful. The author kept you guessing throughout the book. Well written 😁.Score: 5/5

The Judge’s ListA good read! Well done!.Score: 4/5

Read them allVery good book.Score: 5/5

Terrific bookLoved it. Grisham delivers one of his best!.Score: 5/5

Too good to missTrue Grisham style..Score: 4/5

Judges ListToo repetitive, no twists or surprises. Bland. Not worth reading..Score: 3/5

DisappointedI have read most of Grisham’s novels and really enjoyed them. This story moves slow and the ending is disappointing..Score: 2/5

A bit difficult to believeI like books that weave a story that could be true. Unfortunately I felt that the plot was a bit implausible.Score: 4/5

The judges listA bit predictable and boring. Not my favorite Grisham book.Score: 3/5

Judges ListFeels like it wasn’t written by Grisham..Score: 2/5

The Judges ListAlways so happy in November to read the latest John Grisham book . The Judges List didn’t disappoint. A good story of a murderous judge , the daughter of one his victims and a reluctant government agency ,who investigates complaints about judges . Fast paced,well written . It was enjoyable ..Score: 5/5

The Judges ListAnother page turner by one of my favorite authors. Interesting characters, locations, and very descriptive. I wouldn’t want to give anything away!.Score: 5/5

The Judge’s ListExcellent! Please don’t let Lacy and Allie go. They could come home and open their own law firm or detective agency. They are too good to go in file 13. Aloha.Score: 5/5

Just page after page filled with words . . pitiful plot, characters, and intrigueI re-read “The Whistler” before venturing on to “The Judge’s List.” I prayed that “The Judge’s List” would be better, it wasn’t. Both books caught me completely off guard as I struggled just to turn the pages. Neither of he books were like any of those other books I loved by Grisham. Pitiful characters, plot, and intrigue. Just pages filled with words. Save your money. Maybe it’s time for Grisham to retire..Score: 3/5

The JudgeA real page turner. Read it in 3 evenings..Score: 5/5

Unfathomobly boring.Definitely not of the same caliber as A Time to Kill or The Firm. The characters are lackluster and have zero depth. It’s plodding at best. I only kept going because I couldn’t believe it was as bad as it was and kept waiting for it to get better. It did not. Go back and read his earlier works. The last 5 books or so are horrendous. This was my last Grisham book. His ghost writers need to do better or he needs to retire if it’s actually him writing this drivel..Score: 1/5

Great readGets right to the point of the story.John Grisham never disappoints.Score: 5/5

John Grisham DeliversIt was hard to put down this book. It had a bit of everything, legal, law enforcement, superior private citizen detective skills, and a small bit of romance..Score: 5/5

Was this a substitute writer?John Grisham’s novels are usually great! I’ve read them all….not this one! I guess even the best in all walks of life deserve one stinker… this was Mr Grisham’s..Score: 1/5

Enjoyed, ending felt rushedLoved the book, but like the Whistler, the ending felt rushed and left more questions. Needs another 50+ pages..Score: 4/5

Very disappointedVery disappointed. Not what I expected. Boring, not your typical Grisham book..Score: 1/5

Judges listFilled a lot of pages Dr james roy appleton jr.Score: 3/5

Poor DialogThis book had the oddest dialog cadence between the main characters Jeri and a Lacey. I finished the book but it was nothing like early John Grisham. Found myself wanting to give up!.Score: 3/5

Don’t botherNot up to his usual fantastic standard. Disappointing with a dark plot..Score: 1/5

Awesome!Great book!.Score: 4/5

Judge’s listGreat book. Enjoyed the plot. Love how J Grisham writes!.Score: 5/5

Worth the waitHighly recommend. Excellent continuation of Lacy and a twist in the legal sagas that John Grisham usually writes. Great mix of characters with unexpected links to murders to that’s on par, for me, to Sherlock Holmes..Score: 5/5

Time to retireI have always been a big fan… however this book is sooooo boring in the first 120 pages…. It took everything to soldier on…. Sorry my friend, Judges list is a swing and a miss.Score: 1/5

The Judge's ListGood story. Would have liked a more satisfying ending but this was probably more realistic..Score: 4/5

Over the topToo contrived.Score: 3/5

John Grisham did not write this ..The ending is a joke and didn’t read like something John Grisham would write..Score: 1/5

Good engaging mysteryA real page turner and a bit predictable if you’ve read John Grisham’s earlier novels. It’ll make a good movie script. Perfectly entertaining..Score: 4/5

Typical example of a make money novel. Do not buy it.Very simple and not intelligent end of this novel.Score: 1/5

Not good…I’ve read everything Grisham has written, and they’ve all been great, except this one—I struggled to get through this book. Pretty idiotic, with unlikely characters.Score: 1/5

Judges ListIve read all of his books and this is one of the best. Couldn’t put it down. TAS.Score: 5/5

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