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Author: John Grisham Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553750935

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In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper  on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy  D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly  garroted to death... The next day America learns  that two of its Supreme Court justices have been  assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law  student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was  no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant  guess. To the Washington establishment it was  political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a  murder -- a murder intended for her. Going  underground, she finds there is only one person she can  trust -- an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak  hotter than Watergate -- to help her piece together the  deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of  Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a  violent cover-up is being engineered. For somone has  read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at  nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable  crime.

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " escapist suspense with a little thought thrown in--what's not to love about a popcorn novel like this? "

    - Liss, 2/19/2014
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    " Not as Deja vu as the others but still had kind of the same format. A good read. "

    - Camille, 2/12/2014
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    " great novel but i was frustrated by the ending......somewhat anticlimatic "

    - Stan, 2/9/2014
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    " I really liked this Grisham book. Filled with lots of twists, turns and style that inspires me to let it rip and write a book, too. "

    - Joe, 1/31/2014
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    " A Tulane University law student writes an essay on the murders of two Supreme Court justices. We finally learn that she also includes ideas on a conspiracy involving Gulf oil drilling and how is could impact the Brown Pelican breeding grounds in Louisiana. This puts her life at risk. "

    - Chuck, 1/29/2014
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    " My first John Grisham book (shameful, I know) and boy am I glad this was my first. It was suspenseful enough to keep me interested until the end, and I love that it included a lot on the subject of the environment. "

    - Stephanie, 1/17/2014
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    " The second book of John Grisham, thrilling! "

    - Ajiek, 1/16/2014
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    " Loved...maybe my favorite Grisham. "

    - Kate, 1/12/2014
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    " Another quick thriller, page-turner..you can see why he sold so many books... "

    - Melanie, 1/10/2014
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    " I read the English version when I was in Guatemala and it was a fun distraction, now I'm reading the Spanish version and it's much more difficult. "

    - Darcie, 1/9/2014
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    " loved the book more than the movie (for every book of John Grisham) "

    - Irina, 1/9/2014
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    " A typical Grisham novel: enjoyable, semi-predictable, yet keeps you on the edge. However, I found this one to be a bit (relatively even more) dragged out than his other novels. "

    - Albert, 12/18/2013
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    " Exciting. The movie was at least as good. "

    - Cyndie, 12/4/2013
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    " I'm going to give this same response for all of Grishams' books: I passed the time with these books finding myself neither elated or severely disappointed with the manner in which I spent my time. If mediocrity were a specialty, Grisham your'e great at it. "

    - Danny, 11/21/2013
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    " It's definately a Grisham novel. Carries the reader quickly through the story. "

    - Heidi, 11/21/2013
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    " From the days when Grisham wrote white-knuckled, hold-on-to-your-seat legal thrillers with nary a wasted line and a relentless forward-driven plot. As good as The Client, A Time To Kill and The Firm. "

    - Aditya, 11/1/2013
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    " 3.5 stars. I REALLY wanted to like it & I thought it would be right up my alley. I think it was just a little too far-fetched. "

    - Cat, 9/7/2013
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    " One of the best Grisham novels I've read - real edge-of-the-seat stuff "

    - Fi, 7/15/2013
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    " I stopped reading John Grisham around 2000, but up to that point I liked his style and found his early books to be real page-turners. "

    - Steve, 7/15/2013
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    " This is the only John Grisham novel I've ever finished. "

    - JG, 4/29/2013
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    " Another awesome Grisham book. "

    - Beena, 3/1/2013
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    " I really enjoyed this book. John did a great job. "

    - M.A., 1/1/2013
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    " A book I read in High School for fun because my English classes didn't direct me towards any good literature (we didn't read any!). It was a fun, John Grisham classic. Though I don't think any of his books would interest me now. "

    - Sidra, 11/18/2012
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    " an intriguing thriller, lots of suspence and questions almost until the end of it all; want to see the movie now! "

    - Julie, 11/17/2012
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    " Towards the end it gets real exciting and gives a cool look into the world of investigative journalism. "

    - Keith, 3/21/2012
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    " One of his best, I was really engrossed. "

    - Genie, 3/2/2012
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    " ONe of the best in the genre! "

    - KarenC, 12/8/2011
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    " Named my dog after Julia Roberts character: Darby Shaw "

    - Shea, 9/19/2011
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    " I like this book a lot, I like almost all John Grisham`s books. He is great writer. "

    - Khishge, 5/22/2011
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    " Great adventure, suspense and non-stop thriller. Recommend it. "

    - Paul, 5/15/2011
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    " I read this on the Greyhound bus to Virginia when I was 16, was moving to my dad's for the summer. One of my favorite books of all time, and was the first of many Grisham legal thrillers I would enjoy. "

    - John, 5/5/2011
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    " Its re-read! But still enjoyed it very much!! "

    - Jayesh, 5/4/2011
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    " a very goodread. held mu interest to the very end "

    - Brenda, 4/28/2011
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    " Love John Grisham. I haven't read anything of his that i don't like. "

    - Mike, 4/8/2011
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    " Before you realise you'll be at the end of the story and wonder how it is possible. Great thriller. But if you're lazy just watch the movie, very similar. "

    - Christopher, 4/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the first books (maybe even THE first book) Grisham every wrote...and one of the best. "

    - Georgia, 4/3/2011
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    " Non stop action which grips you to the end. Darby Shaw, a beautiful, ambitious law student tries to solve the murders of two supreme court justices. "

    - Bev, 3/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One of his best, I was really engrossed. "

    - Genie, 3/3/2011

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers. Thirty-three of his crime thrillers have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.