2017 Book 102: THE OUTSIDER by Anthony Franze

The Outsider by Anthony Franze 
ISBN: 9781250071668 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781466882843 (ebook)
ISBN: 9781427282651 (audiobook)
ASIN: B01L7BSLIS (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books  
Publication Date: March 21, 2017

THE OUTSIDER is as authentic and suspenseful as any John Grisham novel—and I like Grisham a lot.”—JAMES PATTERSON

A young law clerk finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer in this breathtaking thriller set in the high-pressure world of the Supreme Court, from renowned lawyer Anthony Franze. 

Things aren’t going well for Grayson Hernandez. He just graduated from a fourth-tier law school, he’s drowning in student debt, and the only job he can find is as a messenger. The position stings the most because it’s at the Supreme Court, where Gray is forced to watch the best and the brightest―the elite group of lawyers who serve as the justices’ law clerks—from the outside.

When Gray intervenes in a violent mugging, he lands in the good graces of the victim: the Chief Justice of the United States. Gray soon finds himself the newest—and unlikeliest—law clerk at the Supreme Court. It’s another world: highbrow debates over justice and the law in the inner sanctum of the nation’s highest court; upscale dinners with his new friends; attention from Lauren Hart, the brilliant and beautiful co-clerk he can’t stop thinking about.

But just as Gray begins to adapt to his new life, the FBI approaches him with unsettling news. The Feds think there’s a killer connected to the Supreme Court. And they want Gray to be their eyes and ears inside One First Street. Little does Gray know that the FBI will soon set its sights on him. 

Racing against the clock in a world cloaked in secrecy, Gray must uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again in this thrilling high-stakes story of power and revenge by Washington, D.C. lawyer-turned-author Anthony Franze. 

Grayson “Gray” Hernandez is trying to make the best of a bad situation. He has a job and it’s at the United States Supreme Court. Sadly, it isn’t a job as an attorney but it is a job. He lives in a neglected area of town and uses a bicycle to get to and from work. Fortunately, Gray’s luck changes when he thwarts an attack on the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Now Gray is working as a law clerk to the Chief Justice, is living in a condo the Chief Justice owns, and has use of one of the Chief Justice’s car. Gray knows he has to take the bitter with the sweet with his changed circumstances and the bitter is being an informant for the FBI as well as being the perpetual outsider with the Chief Justice’s other law clerks. Is this the opportunity of a lifetime or something much worse? What could possibly link a series of apparently random murders with the United States Supreme Court? 

The Outsider is a fast-paced legal mystery-thriller and one that I read in one day. All of the characters are flawed in some way and relatable, yes even the Justices on the Supreme Court. Mr. Franze provides the reader with two interlinked stories, that of Gray and his family, friends, and coworkers, and that of the FBI investigation into a series of murders that are linked to the Supreme Court. The story provides a few twists and turns along the way that made this anything but a predictable read. It was fascinating to read about the behind-the-scenes day-to-day life of the Supreme Court even when you know some of it is fictional. The Outsider provides legal thrills, an intense mystery, hints of romance, family drama, drama between old and new friends, and more. If you read mysteries or legal thrillers, then you’ll definitely want to add The Outsider to your TBR list. For those of you that enjoy books that are influenced by other books, namely The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, you’ll want to read the story just for those references. Just in case you couldn’t tell, I enjoyed reading The Outsider and look forward to reading more from Mr. Franze in the future. 

Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Anthony Franze

Author Bio:

ANTHONY FRANZE is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, and a critically acclaimed thriller writer with novels set in the nation’s highest court. Franze has been a commentator on legal and Supreme Court issues for The New Republic, Bloomberg, National Law Journal, and other major media outlets. He is a board member and a Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization.

Franze lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family.

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