The Holdout

THE HOLDOUT                                    GRAHAM MOORE

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. 


This book reminded me of those old 1950’s courtroom movies with the juries deliberating, 12 Angry men for one and there were others. Here you have a case where everyone thinks that Bobby Nock an African American school teacher is accused of killing a wealthy white student because DNA was found in his car. They have no body though and he is acquitted. Really you have one juror out of twelve who got the other eleven to go with her. The other eleven though still think he is guilty though.
Now 10 years later and the anniversary of that decision is coming up. Maya Seale who has secrets herself and was the juror to talk to everyone into voting the way they did is one of the best defense attorneys in the city now. Not wanting to be part of the anniversary show she is forced because of an act she did during the trial. She goes partially because of her boss, but also because of Rick one of the jurors she was with and him saying that he has new information. He is holding what the two of them did during the trial over her head so she goes to the meeting. The story takes a turn when she arrives at her room to find Rick in a pool of blood. Now it is up to her to prove her innocence.
A very good book that will make you the reader think. You have many different characters and you go back also to the previous trail, what if anything did Rick have? So many questions. A very good book, and so worth the time to read. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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