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The Holdout


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Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, received 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.


Plunge a syringe filled with adrenaline into the heart of Twelve Angry Men and you've got The Holdout: the first legal thriller thirty years - ever since Presumed Innocent and A Time to Kill electrified readers the world over - to rank alongside those two modern classics. But Graham Moore's novel is so much more than exhilarating courtroom blood sport: it's a provocative, urgent inquiry into American justice (and injustice) in the twenty-first century; it's a witty battle of the sexes; it's a compassionate character study; it's a fiendishly slippery game of cat-and-mouse suspense. Whether you're a fan of Harper Lee or Lisa Scottoline, if you loved The Lincoln Lawyer or Defending Jacob - or even if you didn't! - The Holdout will astonish you. It sure as hell astonished me. - AJ FinnQuite the tour de force! Twelve Angry Men meets Chinatown and creates something of its own - Sarah PinboroughThe most gripping and satisfying thriller I've read in more than a decadeGraham Moore's heart beats on every page of THE HOLDOUT, a murder trial as only he could have written it: secrets and lies, mysteries upon mysteries, and a cast of characters each with their own dubious motives. This is a tense, emotionally charged, scary-good, stand-out read that hooked me till the last page. - Caroline KepnesWow! I loved THE HOLDOUT, in which author Graham Moore does the impossible, creating a page-turning legal thriller with a twisty and absolutely riveting plot, as well as raising profound and though-provoking questions about the jury system and modern justice. All that, plus a strong and compelling female heroine in lawyer Maya Searle, whom you'll root for as the tables turn against her and she finds herself behind bars, with everything on the line. You won't be able to put this one down! - Lisa ScottolineClever, well-written and twistier than a can of silly-string. You absolutely need to read The Holdout! I could not put it down. - Emma KavanaghStayed up late to finish The Holdout. Still in shock this morning ... I didn't see that ending coming! Amazing thriller, deserves to be one of the biggest books of 2020. - Michelle DaviesTerrific twisty and well-structured thriller. - Adele Geras

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