The Holdout

The Holdout

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong? From the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and bestselling author of The Last Days of Night. . . . "Graham Moore does the impossible, creating a page-turning legal thriller with a twisty and absolutely riveting plot, as well as raising profound and thought-provoking questions about the jury system and modern justice."—Lisa Scottoline It's the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune, vanishes on her way home from school, and her teacher, Bobby Nock, a twenty-five-year-old African American man, is the prime suspect. The subsequent trial taps straight into America's most pressing preoccupations: race, class, sex, law enforcement, and the lurid sins of the rich and famous. It's an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed—until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, convinced of Nock's innocence, persuades the rest of the jurors to return the verdict of not guilty, a controversial decision that will change all their lives forever. Flash forward ten years. A true-crime docuseries reassembles the jury, with particular focus on Maya, now a defense attorney herself. When one of the jurors is found dead in Maya's hotel room, all evidence points to her as the killer. Now, she must prove her own innocence—by getting to the bottom of a case that is far from closed. As the present-day murder investigation weaves together with the story of what really happened during their deliberation, told by each of the jurors in turn, the secrets they have all been keeping threaten to come out—with drastic consequences for all involved.
Publisher: 2020.
ISBN: 9780399591785
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dee_BPL
May 28, 2020

Loved this audiobook!!

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midori_hon
May 25, 2020

well constructed, like one of those packaging cartons that somehow unfolds into a sheet of cardboard with various cuts and folds. I can no longer use the expression 'shades of gray' so let's just say the degrees of guilt and culpability are not black and white.

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YuriyKa
May 21, 2020

Another great book by Graham Moore! Look forward to the next one.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 01, 2020

A twisty legal thriller told from the point of the view of the jury. There are enough unexpected turns to please even the most hardened reader of the twisty mystery genre.

ArapahoeChristineS Mar 23, 2020

The Holdout started out interesting. I liked the premise, the plotting was steady, and was a quick read. The ending was a little meh, but this was an easy read; it felt like a Lifetime movie but a better.

debwalker Mar 20, 2020

When 10 years ago you were on a jury and convinced the panel to acquit a teacher of murdering a young, rich student. And now the case is now considered an O.J.-level miscarriage of justice.....

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rsmunoz
Mar 07, 2020

I don't usually venture into crime novels but the whole courtroom drama from a juror's perspective drew me in. Probably because having once served as a juror in a trial, I could relate to some of the difficulties. Part of me really liked this novel; the plot, the pace, its characters, the lawyerly precision. But the other part really was disgusted with the outcome. Nothing is black and white (and the author really hammers home the delicate issue of racism in the courtroom, too) or cut and dry, and towards the end things got rather convoluted, which tried my patience a bit, but the way it all turned out, sh*t, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Kinda good, yet kinda aggravating, too. 3.5 stars.

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brangwinn
Mar 01, 2020

This is entertaining courtroom drama. In a sensational murder trial the jurors are sequestered in a LA hotel during the 4 month trial. Everyone on the jury except for Maya, knows the accused is guilty of the murder of a 15 year old girl. Maya is stubborn though, thus the title THE HOLDOUT. She convinces the others to acquit Bobby Nock of murder. Life is disrupted for the jurors. People hate them. The public has convicted the young teacher for murder. Maya goes on to law school becoming a defense lawyer. At a reunion of the jurors, she finds herself arrested for the murder of one of the jurors. The storyline goes back and forth between the trial and now. Maya’s lawyer wants to have her plead self-defense, but Maya pleads not guilty. She’s determined and when the real culprit is found, it is a shocker as well as how Maya has the charges against her dropped and the real murderer protected. Great read. At times I wondered if that is really how courtrooms and the legal system work, but I don’t have enough knowledge to do more than wonder. Whatever, the book is an interesting escape for the reader.

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