Hodder & Stoughton will publish the “unforgettable” new thriller from John Grisham about a man’s wrongful conviction and one courageous lawyer’s bid to exonerate him, later this year.
The Guardians, Grisham’s 33rd novel, revolves around the case of Quincy Miller, wrongly imprisoned 22 years ago for the murder of a lawyer.
The synopsis explains: “Finally, after 22 years, comes Quincy's one and only chance of freedom. An innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends to make Quincy the next. But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo's murder. They prefer that an innocent man dies in jail rather than one of them. There's one way to guarantee that. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they'll kill another without a second thought."
Grisham serves on the board of directors for the Innocence Project, which has secured through DNA testing the release of 349 innocent men and women, including 20 who were sent to death row. Grisham’s non-fiction book, The Innocent Man (Arrow), about two wrongful convictions in the 1980s, is now a major six-part documentary series on Netflix.
Hodder publisher Oliver Johnson, who has been Grisham’s UK editor for 25 years, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for the new novel from David Gernert at the Gernert Company in New York. It will be published on 15th October.
He said: “John’s legal thrillers are always enthralling and highly topical. The Guardians is no exception. Anyone who saw the recent, critically-acclaimed Netflix series based on his bestseller The Innocent Man will recognise what is at stake in this tale of wrongful conviction, courageous lawyers and redemption. Reality fuses with fiction in an unforgettable novel.”