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The Guardians: A Novel

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2019

Duration: 6 hours 32 minutes


In this instant #1 New York Times bestseller, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.

“Terrific…affecting…Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
“A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.”—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 !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

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