The Guardians - John Grisham

The Guardians

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,756 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.


  • 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.
  • Good, not great

    By Further Looking
    Predictable but nice story.
  • Another Great One From Grisham...

    By Ptvogelzang
    Amazing story and I welled up at the end. Can’t say enough about the story detail, the pace and the emotion of this wonderful book. I read all of Grisham’s books and he is on a roll with The Guardians and previously Rooster Bar!
  • Good Read

    By Hundo757
    Excellent and quick read.
  • Nothing special

    By Cyber_Grunt
    I have read my fair share of Grisham books with delight this book however was horrible. I will be very careful in the future.