As a legal thriller, The Whistler focuses on the idea of judicial corruption and misconduct. It ties together inner financial operations of a wealthy casino with a judge reported to be engaging in funding its construction on what is meant to be Native American land. The business of the casino involves secretive money laundering, which is a major source of the state's ill-gotten gains, supplying the Coast Mafia with greater influence. John Grisham is able to create a vast environment within the story, as readers are led through a captivating chase. The perspective of Lacy Stoltz is followed, who is part of the Board on Judicial Conduct, and on a dangerous investigation to track down the sources of corruption. However, it entails danger and suspense throughout. The very topic of the story is captivating, since there are many potential twists and turns, which will undoubtedly leave the reader engaged. Rating: 4 of 5
- @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Nest book i have read in awhile. I could see this becoming a movie...if not already....
No need to read the lengthy description. This quote from book does it: “So, your story involves organized criminals, Indians who own casinos, and a crooked judge, all in bed together?”
This book is less entertaining but with more in-depth schemes on tribal politics, the mob, corruptions, skimming, money laundering and vices associated with building and operating an Indian Casino than the TV series “Longmire.” A page turner without force-fitted and illogical twists.
Not a bad read at all. However, it is certainly not one of Grisham's best. I felt some of the parts were rushed a bit and required some extra detail to fill in the minor uncertainties.
I thought this book was a disappointment . Not up to his earlier standards at all. I found myself losing interest . I didn't seem to care about his characters at all. Not 1st rate . Boring. Writers block?
Pretty good read for the commute. A bit different as this started with the Florida Bureau of Judicial Conduct then moved to the FBI. As most readers of Grisham know by now there are no characters in these books just cardboard cutouts. His books read like newspaper articles more than novels. Still, I read the whole thing to find out how it ended. SPOILER: the bad guys get their comeupance.
A good book - not one of my favorites. Didn't especially his tying up the loose ends in an Epilogue. Probably wouldn't recommend it.
Good story, well-written: Grisham. His best are still the non-lawyer stories: Calico Joe, and Playing for Pizza.
Like all Grisham reads, this was entertaining. Sadly this was far from his best (and I would say the worst of his last three... Grey Mountain and Rogue Lawyer). Dont know why he had to clean up the story in an epilogue instead of the novel itself. All that being said - its still worth your time.
Another, in a long list of John Grisham duds. His original 5-10 books were quite good, but nothing worth reading since. Last one I will read.
Complete waste of time.
Really good book. I enjoyed the story. Glad I didn't heed to the bad reviews.
not up to his usual. Looks like he turned in an outline with a few details filled in. He's clearly riding on the coattails of previous work.
Okay, I cannot really bash Grisham because this is the 1st book I have tried to read from this author. But I had to stop after about the 1st quarter because there was no drama, no suspense, no real character development going on. Up to this point Grisham is working on the background for the case and the legalese. There was a principal character but not much going on there either.
I will have to try an earlier book by Grisham to see if he is as good as people say he is.
He really should have quit after the first ten books, and it's getting worse! Boring plot, no real character development , little suspense.
FINALLY, Grisham has returned to his best writing, like in his first ten books. The Whistler is excellent, a page turner. Loved it!
Nearly didn't read this book due to several negative reviews. Do not know which book these people read as I felt The Whistler was vintage Grisham. Very good book....would recommend.
Grisham never ceases to surprise me as he continually finds new subject matter for his legal thrillers. This time it involves bringing a corrupt judge to justice and finding out she is just the tip of the iceberg.
Very disappointing. I tried to read it twice because Gresham is at the top of my list as an author that knows how to tell a story, but not this time.