Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Date: October 2019

Duration: 11 hours 51 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A classic legal thriller—with a twist. • 'A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes such as false incarceration, the death penalty and how the legal system shows prejudice.” —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.


  • Barbara A.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Mishermash

    Another astounding Grisham. Another incredible narration by Michael Beck. He is, by far my favourite narrator of any book, of any time, that I have ever listened to. I was so captivated by the characters in this book, that I cried at the end (no spoilers as to why). I hope, that Mr. Grisham continues to bring back the Guardians and their fight for innocence. We all know there are (sadly) hundreds of innocence cases to draw from.

  • Helen M.

    Great listen. Enjoyed the storyline and the narrator.

  • Diane B.

    Great book

  • Willie H.

    The book doesn't scream excitement but does keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. It causes the most honest warmonger to think twice about death penalty. The narrator does a great job with the character voices. Makes the statement "a man of a thousand voices" a fact.

  • Thomas W.

    Love Grisham books!

  • Jackie K Smith

    Always love Grisham story’s and this one certainly did not disappoint!

  • Rosemary C.

    Read all reviews. Guess book just wasn’t what I expected. Narrator was good.

  • Kristi Tiseo

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

  • 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.

  • Tanisha T.

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

  • Nancy V.

    Great book as usual

  • Jess T.

    Great story!! Love it all

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • Claudette F.

    He’s one of my favorite authors and this was a superb story based on a similar true story!

  • Anonymous

    I like the different voices used.

  • Tom M.

    Great storyline. Had to keep listening.

  • Julie

    Good story. Worth the listen.

  • Shirley W.

    This was a very good book on a controversial topic of issues with the justice system. Narration was clear and i appreciates the narrator using various voice inflections to relate the story.

  • Deborah R.

    Great story telling! My favorite part was Mr. Grisham’s description of the “haunted house”. I was on the edge of my seat, (while driving). I gasped and laughed simultaneously. I arrived safely at my destination and lived to tell about it. Kindness. Mystery. Hilarity. Hopelessness and hope.

  • Kari R.

    Loved the book and the narrator!

  • Anna D.

    Very good book! Kept me wanting to hear more the whole time!

  • Randy L.

    Love the story. Great narrator

  • Tara M.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE - I must admit after the first few John Grisham novels - they all started to be the same but this book has changed my mind and made me a HUGE John Grisham fan again! The character were well developed the various plot lines were not confusing and I hated to see it end! The Narrator of this book is great - the same narrator as the Reckoning - Live his work and will search title based n his narration in the future

  • Susan F.

    Fantastic story based upon truth.

  • Mary C.

    Loved the book and the Narrator was wonderful!

  • Loralee V.

    This book was so inspiring, I had to research the facts after ... I recommend this for anyone who loves a good underdog story

  • Berva Lorraine H.

    I love John Grisham’s books. The background was interesting and well described. The story was important and paralleled true characters. Kept my interest from start to finish.

  • Kenneth D.

    Enjoyed it a lot! The many different characters required diligence on a long Christmas car trip. The narrator had a lot of Southern dialects whach added to the listening pleasure.

  • Byron W.

    The book was typical Grisham, which I always enjoy. The biggest problem was when I got to track 48 out of 52, it started quitting after about every 30 seconds or so. I would have to pull out my phone and restart it. It would usually repeat about 10 seconds of what I'd already heard, play another 30 seconds and then quit again. Very frustrating, but I was too close to the end to quit. This was only the second book I've listened to from this company and I bought a one year membership, so I hope this isn't typical.

  • Anonymous

    Great listen

  • Kate M.

    Too many characters. Not compelling. Had to force myself to finish it.i would not recommend it

  • Marie Thérèse C.

    Excellent book. I learned something new..again. Brillant pairing for John Grisham's books when Michael Beck is the reader. Can't wait for a new JG 2020 book.

  • Lenora S.

    Interesting read but anti-climatic.

  • Anonymous

    Really good book, a little trouble following the different alleged criminals and charges, but ultimately I rated a 4 because I missed there being a love interest for the main character. There should have been some vein within the story that developed that. The challenge to be successful in that part of his life would have rounded out the other successes he had at the end. Great Narration!

  • Mercedes K.

    I was not disappointed . Unfortunately there are men that are sent to jail for crimes they did not committed. Kept my interest all the way. Fine novel again. Mercedes K.

  • Anonymous

    Held my interest well

  • Heather G.

    Interesting story just got a little lost at times as there is a few to many characters to keep track of. Narration was great!

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