Witness to a Trial: A Short Story Prequel to The Whistler

Penguin Random House Audio

Narrated by Mark Deakins

54 min
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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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Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio
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Published on
Sep 27, 2016
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Duration
54m 14s
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ISBN
9781524777463
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Legal
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Eligible for Family Library

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