The Guardians

The Guardians

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"In the small north 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 behind. There were no witnesses, no real suspects, no one with a motive. The police soon settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo's. Quincy was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison with no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. Then he wrote a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post. Guardian handles only a few innocence cases at a time, and Post is its only investigator. He travels the South fighting wrongful convictions and taking cases no one else will touch. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy exonerated. They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another one without a second thought"--
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780385544184
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,25 cm.

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Eil_1
Jul 15, 2020

An excellent picture of the Justice system as seen in the U.S. So many tragic outcomes for those who are not part of the controlling elite. Incidentally, we have just seen this from the President who was able to free his pal Stone. No more need be said.

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axeman
May 15, 2020

The perfect fix for whatever ails you.

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Irisgal57
May 08, 2020

I have always enjoyed reading John Grishams books which include his non lawyer stories. I found this book a quick & easy read with an interesting story line, character development--so much so I read it over two evenings. The Guardians is my favorite of the last 3 of the author's books-- I think you may think the same.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 03, 2020

The Guardians is a fictional novel by famous author John Grisham. The book follows a team of lawyers who try to exonerate innocent people who were sent to prison. They call themselves the Guardians and they operate as a non-profit meaning their budget is meager to say the least. The characters are all quite interesting. The main character is Cullen Post, a lawyer who works for Guardian and he is highly likable. The plot is masterful as Grisham is constantly adding twists and turns and you never are quite sure where you might end up. If you enjoy thrillers this is the book for you. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and I give it a rating of five out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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ralwal
Mar 11, 2020

I always look forward to a John Grisham book, but unfortunately none of the new ones come anywhere near his early novels. Just couldn’t get interested in this, very disappointing.

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dwayne1049
Mar 09, 2020

My first read of John Grisham. Found it long and a little to much detail in parts.
It was a good story line but also had to many charters for my liking. L Gibson March 9 2020

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jasmine81
Mar 08, 2020

This book moved very slowly and was mostly boring and predictable. I did finish it, but had to take it in small chunks.

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bongodi
Mar 02, 2020

Generally find Grisham's novels much more interesting than this one. Rather boring and certainly not worth the "wait" time to read it!

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stellabay
Mar 01, 2020

Loved it, very emotional at the end. I want to donate to innocence groups now.

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writermala
Feb 03, 2020

I loved this book. The guardians are a group of people who try to (And often succeed) open old cases and prove convicted people innocent. Quincy Miller is one such convict who has been charged with murder and is on death row. The book details his patron's fight to prove him innocent and in fact framed with the murder. It is fast paced and hits you where it hurts.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Only 5 quotes in goodreads … not compelling for readers to post more?

He’s been on death row for only nine years. The average in this state is fifteen. Twenty is not unusual. There is an appeal bouncing around somewhere in the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, and when it lands on the desk of the right law clerk within the hour this execution will be stayed. Duke will return to the horrors of solitary confinement and live to die another day.
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I place my briefcase and cell phone, same as before. “Watch and belt?” I ask like a real smart-ass.
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Duke is thirty-eight and white, and before getting arrested for rape and murder his criminal record consisted of two DUIs and a bunch of speeding tickets. No violence whatsoever.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

His name is Mark Carter. White male, age thirty-three, lives in a small rental house in the town of Bayliss, ten miles from Verona. In my files I have photos of his house and truck and current live-in girlfriend. Eleven years ago, Carter raped and murdered Emily Broone, and now all I have to do is prove it.
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Bite mark and hair analysis have been discredited in most advanced jurisdictions. Both belong to that pathetic and ever-shifting field of knowledge derisively known among defense and innocence lawyers as junk science.” God only knows how many innocent people are serving long sentences because of unqualified experts and their unfounded theories of guilt.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

His name is Mark Carter. White male, age thirty-three, lives in a small rental house in the town of Bayliss, ten miles from Verona. In my files I have photos of his house and truck and current live-in girlfriend. Eleven years ago, Carter raped and murdered Emily Broone, and now all I have to do is prove it.
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Bite mark and hair analysis have been discredited in most advanced jurisdictions. Both belong to that pathetic and ever-shifting field of knowledge derisively known among defense and innocence lawyers as junk science.” God only knows how many innocent people are serving long sentences because of unqualified experts and their unfounded theories of guilt.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Duke Russell was convicted in a backwater redneck town where half the jurors struggle to read and all were easily misled by two pompous and bogus experts put on the stand by Chad Falwright. The first was a retired small-town dentist from Wyoming, and how he found his way to Verona, Alabama, is another story. With grave authority, a nice suit, and an impressive vocabulary, he testified that three nicks on the arms of Emily Broone were inflicted by Duke’s teeth. This clown makes a living testifying across the country, always for the prosecution and always for nice fees, and in his twisted mind a rape is not violent enough unless the rapist somehow manages to bite the victim hard enough to leave imprints.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Her name is Vicki Gourley and she works in our little foundation’s office in the old section of Savannah. She founded Guardian Ministries twelve years ago with her own money. Vicki is a devout Christian who considers her work to be derived straight from the Gospels. Jesus said to remember the prisoners. She doesn’t spend much time hanging around jails but she works fifteen hours a day trying to free the innocent. Years ago she was on a jury that convicted a young man of murder and sentenced him to die. Two years later the bad conviction was exposed. The prosecutor had concealed exculpatory evidence and solicited perjured testimony from a jailhouse snitch. The police had planted evidence and lied to the jury. When the real killer was identified by DNA, Vicki sold her flooring business to her nephews, took the money and started Guardian Ministries.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

In the past ten years I’ve roamed virtually every highway throughout the Death Belt, from North Carolina to Texas.
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He may have been only fifteen years old, but he was a tough kid who had seen it all. Battle-hardened in the ways of gangs, drugs, and violence. He hated me and everyone else with white skin.
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As a criminal defense lawyer, I was already sick of the question “ How can you represent a person you know to be guilty? ” I had always offered the standard law school response of,” Well, everyone has the right to a proper defense. The Constitution says so. ” But I no longer believed that. The truth is that there are some crimes that are so heinous and cruel that the killer should either be ( 1 ) put to death, if one believes in the death penalty, or ( 2 ) put away for life, if one does not believe in the death penalty .

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Exonerating Quincy Miller is our goal. Finding the real killer is not a priority.
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Nothing against white folks, Post, but there are a lot of differences, you know? I listen to Motown, he likes that country crap. My bunk is neat as a pin. He’s a slob. I don’t touch drugs. He’s stoned half the time.
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He had dropped out of college and did not have the time to pursue a degree in criminology or anything related to actual science, so he attended seminars and workshops on forensics, and he read books and magazine articles written by other experts. He was a smooth talker with a good vocabulary, and he found it easy to convince judges that he knew his stuff. Once qualified as a forensics expert, he found it even easier to convince unsophisticated jurors that his opinions were based on solid science.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

“We haven’t really discussed fees, have we?” “Send me a bill. Then you can sue me.”
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The white cops and white prosecutor and white jury said he killed a white lawyer. Didn’t happen that way.
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I’m not sure why it is referred to as a satellite. It’s a prison, with all the usual dreary architecture and fencing. Unfortunately, the facility is operated for profit by an out-of-state corporation, which means the guards earn even less and there are fewer of them, the terrible food is even worse, the commissary gouges the men on everything from peanut butter to toilet paper, and the medical care is almost nonexistent. I suppose that in America everything, including education and corrections, is fair game for profiteers.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Over a twenty-five-year career, Norwood testified in hundreds of criminal trials, always for the prosecution and always implicating the defendant. And always for a nice fee.
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DNA testing arrived and put a serious dent in his business. DNA testing not only changed the future of criminal investigations, it brought a fresh and devastating scrutiny to the junk science Norwood and his ilk had been peddling. In at least half of the DNA exonerations of innocent men and women, bad forensics have been the cornerstone of the prosecution’s evidence.
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Because of the Internet, there are now hundreds of thousands of convicted sex offenders. For many reasons, they do not fare well in general prison populations. Most states are trying to segregate them into separate facilities. Virginia sends most of its to Tully Run.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Cook was a wild man, a hard-drinking redneck prone to brawling and chasing women. Nine years ago he caught the wrong one and married her. They spent a few rough years together taking turns moving in and out. Both had trouble keeping jobs and money was always an issue.
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“I believe that, Gerald. I really do, but getting you out will take a long time. There is simply no way to speed things along. As I told you before, it’s fairly easy to convict an innocent man and virtually impossible to exonerate one.” “This is so wrong, Post.”
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In the U.S. there are over two million people locked up, and it takes one million employees and $ 80 billion in tax dollars to take care of them.
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Very few women are criminals. Their mistakes are picking bad boyfriends.

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