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!Download Ebook Í The Holdout ¸ In this twisty tale from Moore The Sherlockian , the Academy Award winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise Ten years later, a true crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya s room 4.5 stars, rounded up.Graham Moore s latest book, The Holdout , is a pretty great legal thriller, one which I could totally see becoming a movie.Ten years ago the trial rocked the country A black teacher was on trial for murdering his white teenage student, the daughter of a prominent real estate developer in LA During the trial text messages hinted at an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and student.When the jury got together, all but one juror, Maya, were ready to convict Li 4.5 stars, rounded up.Graham Moore s latest book, The Holdout , is a pretty great legal thriller, one which I could totally see becoming a movie.Ten years ago the trial rocked the country A black teacher was on trial for murdering his white teenage student, the daughter of a prominent real estate developer in LA During the trial text messages hinted at an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and student.When the jury got together, all but one juror, Maya, were ready to convict Little by little, after weeks of deliberation and argument, she wore them down with her assessments and they voted to acquit the defendant The verdict and their participation in the jury changes their lives immeasurably You ever think about all the fucked up shit we end up doing because we tell ourselves we re helping Now, 10 years later, a true crime documentary is focused on the trial and brings the jury together, in the same hotel where they were once sequestered One juror is purported to have explosive new evidence And then another murder occurs, which sets off a high stakes race to find the truth, before someone else dies.I really enjoyed this book It switches between past and present, and looks at each of the jurors and how they came to their decision to acquit, as well as whatever secrets they might have been hiding There were lots of twists and turns in the plot, and while I had some suspicions about how things might resolve themselves, I was definitely surprised by some of what happened.While I didn t feel the book read like a movie, it certainly could be adapted into one, and that s not surprising considering the author is an Oscar winning screenwriter He wrote The Imitation Game But I felt Moore did a good job giving his characters depth as much as he crafted suspense.No objections to this legal thriller Dad joke Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at BOTM pick for February 2020 This will be a short review, because the less you know about this book going in the better, but what a wild ride While some parts of the plot were a bit far fetched and reaching at times, it didn t cause my interest to wane, and if you can suspend the need for 100% believability, I think you ll enjoy this book as much as I did We get two mysteries for the price of one in this book, and if that kind of a bargain doesn t sell you, then perhaps the exploration of socia BOTM pick for February 2020 This will be a short review, because the less you know about this book going in the better, but what a wild ride While some parts of the plot were a bit far fetched and reaching at times, it didn t cause my interest to wane, and if you can suspend the need for 100% believability, I think you ll enjoy this book as much as I did We get two mysteries for the price of one in this book, and if that kind of a bargain doesn t sell you, then perhaps the exploration of social justice issues such as racism and profiling will Clearly the author has some sort of experience in screen writing, and I can wholly see this being optioned for screen, a project I d be thrilled to watch Overall, this was a juicy, escapism type of read and I d recommend it to those looking for an exciting way to pass the time in 2020Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 25 year old black teacher Bobby Nock, is on trial for killing white 15 year old pupil Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion dollar fortune Her body hasn t been discovered, but that isn t going to stop this trial going ahead.There are 12 members of the jury in this high profile murder trial, and it s expected that Bobby Nock s conviction is a foregone conclusion that is until jury member Maya Seale manages to persuade the other jury members to vote not guilty.Fast forward 10 years, and Maya is 25 year old black teacher Bobby Nock, is on trial for killing white 15 year old pupil Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion dollar fortune Her body hasn t been discovered, but that isn t going to stop this trial going ahead.There are 12 members of the jury in this high profile murder trial, and it s expected that Bobby Nock s conviction is a foregone conclusion that is until jury member Maya Seale manages to persuade the other jury members to vote not guilty.Fast forward 10 years, and Maya is now a successful lawyer but she s also the prime suspect in the murder of one of the jurors after a reunion at the hotel in which they were sequestered during the trial.I think it s a case of the less you know, theinteresting you ll find this one As legal thrillers go it s pretty good, though I personally didn t identify with any of the characters for some reason Nevertheless this was a riveting read with twists and turns, and not least it was a cracking ending If you enjoy legal dramas then look no further Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing group for my ARC in exchange for an honest unbiased review Graham Moore s legal thriller is a compulsive and enthralling novel, based in Los Angeles, that points out many of the shortfalls of the justice system, from law enforcement, media intensity and social media, right through to the court trial and the jury system Moore exposes the multiple ways that society throughout its racist judicial system stacks the cards against black defendants In 2009, 25 year old black music teacher, Bobby Nock, is on trial for the murder of 15 year old schoolgirl, Jes Graham Moore s legal thriller is a compulsive and enthralling novel, based in Los Angeles, that points out many of the shortfalls of the justice system, from law enforcement, media intensity and social media, right through to the court trial and the jury system Moore exposes the multiple ways that society throughout its racist judicial system stacks the cards against black defendants In 2009, 25 year old black music teacher, Bobby Nock, is on trial for the murder of 15 year old schoolgirl, Jessica Silver, the daughter of billionaire, Lou Silver There is no body, but the prosecution led by Ted Morningstar, think they have a slam dunk case with the evidence they present, only to find themselves being confounded As the trial sets to conclude, the jury, with the exception of Maya Seale, plan to deliver a guilty verdict Maya does not fall in with the others, instead she turns each juror so that Bobby Nock is found not guilty.However, each juror found themselves facing public and media excoriation for their controversial verdict, bringing with it notoriety and a raft of life changing consequences 10 years on, Maya is now a successful lawyer, a partner at Cantwell Myers, invited to a reunion of the original jury members at the same hotel they had all been sequestered in The Murder Town podcast team are turning the trial into a Netflix docuseries, in which Rick Leonard, one of the jury members, is planning to present incontrovertible evidence of how they all got it wrong and Bobby Nock was as guilty as sin A reluctant Maya attends, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, what happened at the original trial is slowly revealed, and in the present, the reunion kicks off a cycle of death and destruction that threatens to claim Maya as a victim.Moore writes a fast paced, intense and riveting legal drama, peppered with twists, underlining from a legal perspective, that often while the truth can be an accurate reflection of what occurs, it can prove to be a poor legal strategy, leaving defendents with the stark choice of the high likelihood of being found guilty if they tell the truth or have a better outcome by lying Whilst feeling ambivalent about the ending, I found this to be a highly entertaining read that touches on the serious issues of ethics, morality, race and justice, oraptly, injustice There are instances where a suspension of disbelief will be required, but otherwise this is an engaging legal thriller that I recommend Many thanks to Orion for an ARC