Witness to a Trial: A Short Story Prequel to The Whistler (Kindle Single) by John Grisham (Epub)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2016
  • Number of pages: 37 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.47 MB
  • Authors: John Grisham


A startling and original courtroom drama from New York Times #1 Bestseller John Grisham that is the prequel to his newest legal thriller, THE WHISTLER

A judge’s first murder trial.

A defense attorney in over his head.

A prosecutor out for blood and glory.

The accused, who is possibly innocent.

And the killer, who may have just committed the perfect crime.

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⭐ This is not a prequel. This is just an introduction to each character in the upcoming main book. No story at all except a brief background of who they are. For $0.99 it is still too expensive considering its no-story content. This should have been part of the main book. A prologue, maybe. Or be given free.

⭐ This is a teaser for the main book. It should be given away free. I sort of knew that but I thought there would be enough substance to make it worthwhile. There’s not. I think it took less than 30 minutes to read and it was nothing but an introduction. As much as I love John Grisham this was not worth buying.

⭐ Witness a Trial” is nothing but a cynical ploy to squeeze a bit more revenue out of Grisham’s next book, “The Whistler”. It is dull, repetitive, and unlike a well-crafted short story, has no climax. I feel ripped off, even at the small asking price. I’m surprised that as successful an author as Grisham, many of whose books I’ve enjoyed, would stoop to this. Or was it at his publisher;s insistence? If the klaterm surely m=Grisham has enough clout to refuse such a stunt.

⭐ I don’t know who actually wrote this little tale, but a revolver doesn’t eject fired cartridges by itself. “The prosecutor handed Montgomery four spent cartridges. The expert told the jury that the four were recovered from the bedroom. Whoever fired them was in too big a hurry to collect them.” This is moronic. It was clearly stated earlier that the weapon was a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. When someone fires 4 rounds from a revolver, he doesn’t have to “collect” the spent cartridges, because they stay in the cylinder. Somebody help me, please!

⭐ Yep, I know … “Somebody call the wambulance!” (Bruce Willis in “The Kid” … I’m sure it has been used in other movies as well.) Nothing wrong with the story or the writing. The ending of the story was predictable, but the book is a setup for the full length novel, The Whistler. This should have been a part of the full book, maybe as a prologue. Or, it should have been free as a teaser for the full book.It’s not absolutely necessary to read this before reading “The Whistler”, but it definitely introduces some key characters. So, I would strongly recommend reading it. It just irks me that I had to pay for it as a separate book, even if it was only $0.99.

⭐ I do not concur with reviews that suggest the reader was “ripped off” by paying 99 cents for this book. Mr. Grisham’s book title makes it abundantly clear that this is a short read, meant to serve as a prequel. Perhaps readers should be more attentive to details prior to purchasing.Having said that, however, I do agree with the sentiment that this book should have been offered for free. Given the author’s notoriety, fans still would have been inclined to purchase his follow up book, and would have appreciated the free “teaser” or prelude.All things considered, still a fine read.

⭐ I have been a big John Grisham fan ever since I read “The Client” in High School and I own most of the books that he has written. Now, this short story in my opinion is not as good as some of his other works; such as “The Firm”, “The Brethren”, or my favorite “The Client”. The story is well written and is interesting enough that I plan to purchase his newest book “The Whistler”, which is the continuation of “Witness to a Trial”. I enjoyed how this short story introduced the main characters and the background on the case from the larger novel “The Whistler”. So, if you are fan of John Grisham novels, I would give this story a try.

⭐ This was a total waste of time and money, a cheap trick to lure a reader into something in the future.

⭐ As a Grisham fan, I knew I would eventually purchase The Whistlerand I believed this prequel would contain details that would enhancemy experience with the novel. Turned out to be true, so I wouldhave wanted them presented in some form.Seems to me that novels are always derivative. They are made frommany histories, backstories, manuscript versions, all finally put togetherin some structure that only the author understands. Sometimes, entirestories get left out that are referenced in a novel – which is the case here.I get curious – what did he mean when he said, “X”?If the writer is Grisham and I can find out for $0.99, I will do it.

⭐ I have read all of Grisham’s early books, but after the first 5 or 6, I got a little tired of them. I thought they all started having the same plot ie: the wronged defendant, the sinister villain, the attorney that was driven to prove the injustice, the cat and mouse chases, and a tidy ending. (A Time to Kill was the exception). This prequel was very predictable. The text was blunt and factual. The characters were not at all developed. The story line was that the defendant was “set up and railroaded”. I will probably read the book. I just hope there is more character development and some twists to the story.


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