A Short Story Prequel

Witness to a trial by John Grisham has a small type subtitle: A Short Story Prequel to The Whistler. I did not notice those words as I downloaded it from a Kindle Unlimited list. John Grisham is one of my favorite authors; I will read anything he writes but I had never read any short stories by him. I was curious to see his writing style in a new style of writing. I should have paid attention to the subtitle. There is no ending to this short story, at least in the mind of this reader. The way Grisham ended it cannot be allowed to stand. Just after the conclusion, there is a small icon above which are the words “Find out what happened next …” I should have known.

I will buy The Whistler but I would have bought it anyway without this teaser. Why? See above. This short story was interesting in its style of presentation. Grisham divides the story by the roles each character plays. So we have a section called The Judge, one called The Defendant, and so on. The reader gets to see limited (it is a short story) background information about each character. What got the character to where the person is today, the trial? And, as far as characters, who is The Spectator, a man of shifting identities?

This is an entertaining short read. Labeled a prequel, Grisham could weave this tale into almost any part of The Whistler. I look forward to reading further stories of justice gone wrong and recommend any Grisham novel as a guaranteed great read.

I will buy The Whistler but I would have bought it anyway without this teaser. Why? See above. This short story was interesting in its style of presentation. Grisham divides the story by the roles each character plays. So we have a section called The Judge, one called The Defendant, and so on. The reader gets to see limited (it is a short story) background information about each character. What got the character to where the person is today, the trial? And, as far as characters, who is The Spectator, a man of shifting identities?

This is an entertaining short read. Labeled a prequel, Grisham could weave this tale into almost any part of The Whistler. I look forward to reading further stories of justice gone wrong and recommend any Grisham novel as a guaranteed great read.

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