It is good to be The Outsider

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.  

My Review

This is my first taste of what Mr. Franze offers as an writer. I have to say that I liked what I read. This is an impressive read and Mr. Franze has a new fan in me.

Instantly, I was hooked from the first page until the very last page. What do you get when you mix it with a strong storyline, engaging characters, high stakes, and twists you get the end result that is the Outsider! This book is a top contender for best book for 2017.

Gray may have been set up as the perfect patsy but he was not going to go down without a fight. Gray seemed like the most unlikely of heroes. However, that is what made him so right and likable. He did not fit into the mold of the rest of the pretentious law clerks. He was an every body's man. I kept trying to figure out the case but could not before the reveal. I look forward to reading more books by Mr. Franze.

About Anthony Franze

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. He is a board member and a Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization.

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Mystica said…
Author and book new to me. I enjoyed your review.

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