The Guardians - John Grisham

The Guardians

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,365 Ratings


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.


  • A must read

    By Gma&ggmaof5
    An easy to read and understand book that gives information about innocent people being convicted and many times totally set up, even when the punishment is death. We need to fix our justice system to stop prosecutorial misconduct which allows a guilty person to remain free to commit more crimes. Based on a real case, read this book to see if this man gets found not guilty in time or will he be executed with drugs that may actually cause severe suffering while killing him?
  • Engaging and Eye-opening

    By Oddtanlines
    Like many of the other reviewers, I have read every Grisham novel. The Guardians is another classic. Detailed and educating, this based-on-a-true-story book takes us out of our comfortable self focused lives and helps us to realize that there are real victims who are wasting away in prisons because of corrupt people. It should anger us. Hats off to John Grisham for disclosing this travesty.
  • Clever, magnetic character’s, lost sleep trying to read it all.

    By Peach0805
    Fantastic read with all the elements of humanity at its worst and very best. The sleuthy scenes are magical and you can’t get enough. This was a prize to read.
  • Not what I expected but so good!

    By Nikki7189
    I’m so glad I read this. Grisham’s skilled writing made me wish I could be one of the Guardians. It started out slow but thoughtful, the pace of the lawyers at work striving to exonerate their clients. The final third was great, full of pieces coming together and a bit of adventure; I couldn’t put it down. I appreciate understanding this area of our failed system better and my heart breaks for those paying for crimes they didn’t commit. A huge thank you to lawyers who sacrifice so that some may go free. Keep up the good work and may God bless you!
  • The Guardians

    By Auburn Tiger/Aggie
    Typical Grisham but certainly entertaining. I wonder how good he could be if he raised the bar.
  • The Guardians The Law and Lawers

    By scapes101
    By scapes101 I found it hard to put this book down. As usual the details, the details, the details and the anticipation keeps me reading. Read every book John Grisham has written and kept them all for future rereads.
  • Impressive edge of your seat novel.

    By Pippy221
    It took 3 days to complete reading this. John Grisham always keeps me up at night since I can’t put the book down. To know that there men and women wrongly incarcerated is maddening. I’m thankful Mr. Grisham is using his gift of writing to shed light in this area and hopefully effect change.
  • The Guardians

    By 1wiest
    Grisham has lost his way. A book filled with SJW talking points. From page turners like The Firm to ranting about the injustice of the justice system. I’m done with this author. You’ve lectured me for the last time.
  • Yes!!

    By Bosephus 1963
    Great story in the classic tradition of Grisham. This writer and this narrator are a winning combination.
  • Not the best

    By twpk$$
    Too many poorly developed characters. Several rambling plots. Author continuously denigrates small town people and small town life. A real elitist.