Saturday, February 17, 2018
The Whistler by John Grisham
We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.
Now I noticed the reviews are mixed, but I really enjoyed this book. I also listened to the audiobook on audible.com and although that is a different experience, I still enjoyed the book. If you are from or familiar with the North Florida panhandle, you will be especially interested because the book is based in Tallahassee but ranges from St. Augustine to Pensacola in action settings. I find it always seems special when the descriptions of surroundings are something familiar to you.