The Outsider

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Published by: Minotaur Books
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Pages: 320
ISBN13: 978-1250071668



A young Supreme Court law clerk finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer in this breathtaking thriller #1 New York Times bestseller James Patterson called “as authentic and suspenseful as any John Grisham novel.”

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.


“THE OUTSIDER is as authentic and suspenseful as any John Grisham novel—and I like Grisham a lot.”
—JAMES PATTERSON, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Descriptions of the law and how the Supreme Court operates are engaging, and Franze knows how to showcase the ins and outs of that world without diving into too much legalese . . . . It’s like a mix of John Grisham and Scott Turow alongside the inner workings of the court system. Toss it all together and the end result is this winning novel.”

“[A]ll ingredients of a fine thriller, and that’s exactly what this one is.”

“Franze has earned a seat at the table of legal thriller masters, and his latest book is compelling proof of that.”

“Crafty and clever! Franze’s insider knowledge of the Supreme Court sets this twisty legal thriller apart. The sympathetic plight of the outsider hero, Grayson Hernandez, will keep you glued to the pages; the explosive plot will leave you breathless.”
—LISA GARDNER, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Franze raises the ante and with an astute piece of misdirection that keeps the reader guessing. A lawyer in a prominent Washington firm and an expert on the Supreme Court, he uses his experience and knowledge to create an authoritative, taut tale of power and revenge that focuses on a justice-minded, admirable protagonist.”

“Truth, justice, and the American way, Franze-style. From the first page to the last, The Outsider is a stellar look inside the Supreme Court, and a killer thriller to boot. Franze has cemented himself as a top-notch legal thriller writer. If you like Grisham, you will love this book.”
—J.T. ELLISON, New York Times bestselling author

“There is so much to like about ‘The Outsider’, I don’t know where to start. Anthony Franze has fashioned a potboiler of a tale that channels John Grisham, David Baldacci and Thomas Harris all at the same time . . . . ‘The Outsider’ moves at a blistering clip, never letting up or letting us down for a moment, as it realizes every bit of its considerable ambition.”

With an insider’s eye for detail, Franze delivers supreme wickedness in a world few of us will ever be privy to. Franze is taking the legal thriller to new heights.”
—LINWOOD BARCLAY, New York Times bestselling author

“THE OUTSIDER is a thriller of the first order. Anthony Franze brings that rare combination of great storytelling and insider knowledge that will keep readers turning pages well into the night.”
—JAMES GRIPPANDO, New York Times bestselling author of Most Dangerous Place

“Anthony Franze proves the adage that great lawyers make great storytellers. In THE OUTSIDER, Franze pulls off a remarkable feat: an adrenaline-fueled thriller that simultaneously illuminates Supreme Court history, precedent, and procedure. It’s a must-read for lawyers and law students—and anyone who savors getting lost in a great book.”
—DAVID LAT, Managing Editor of Above the Law, author of Supreme Ambitions

“For those who enjoy the legal shenanigans of John Grisham or Scott Turow, there are some excellent alternatives: Anthony Franze, Steve Martini, Christopher Darden, and Paul Levine.”

“There are enough plot twists to keep the pages turning and the suspense just keeps ratcheting up until the final denouement. If you’re a fan of legal thrillers, or just fast paced adrenaline reads, you won’t want to miss this one.”

“As we delve into (yet another) extremely good suspense by writer Anthony Franze, things are not looking up for character Grayson Hernandez… The mind of this author is so quick that he weaves a story so exciting it becomes a one-day read automatically.”

“Though THE OUTSIDER is a classic page turner, the novel also confronts important social issues—lack of diversity among law clerks, the morality of the death penalty, and the inability of the criminal justice system to right all wrongs. Maintaining a balance between an accurate portrayal of the legal system while keeping the pages turning can be a formidable task for legal thriller writers, but Franze does so seamlessly.”

“Look out Grisham and Turow, there’s a new master of legal thrills in town.”

“What a thriller. From the opening lines of the audiobook, the story of a string of murders in the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court is, if you excuse the expression, a killer . . . . Petkoff takes listeners right to the edge as the plot continues to twist and turn, the obvious answers becoming less so. Murder, law, flawed but loyal old friends, and entitlement all come into play in this outstanding audiobook.”

“[A]nother love letter to the Supreme Court . . . . Terrific.”

“Franze is being hailed as the next John Grisham — and for good reason. ‘The Outsider’ is a high-wire act of political intrigue and mystery, atmospheric, and a wild narrative you don’t want to stop reading.”