The Racketeer A Novel Author:John Grisham Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. — Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. — Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with ... more »the judge?s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm?s situation isn?t looking too good these days, but he?s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge?s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price?especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett?s death. And the Racketeer wasn?t born yesterday . . .
Nothing is as it seems and everything?s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.« less
Grisham grips you from page one and takes you on a wild ride that has so many twists that you will lose count. The protagonist, Malcolm, narrates his account of the facts and activities, and with each piece of the puzzle the reader understands more and more of what Malcolm's motivations really are. I'm trying hard not to give away any spoilers, while still conveying how fascinating this book was to read. Grisham is a true story-teller and not once does he fail to make me want to turn the next page to see what's next. The story has a satisfying, non-rushed ending, too.
I enjoyed this book even though it wasn't the traditional legal thriller Grisham is known for. This book is fiction not really based on facts. Still the book held my interest and I kept reading to find out what else was going to happen. The story comes about piece by piece as I tried to figure out what was going on. I'd recommend this book to other Grisham fans.
All I can say is this: Having been to federal prison twice, Grisham got this one right. Grisham weaved an excellent tail starring an attorney possibly jailed for a crime that he didn't commit. The grand conspiracy just had him caught up. But when the news broadcasts show a prominent federal judge found dead, the attorney takes action to solve the crime from behind the walls in exchange for his freedom. Oh, man I liked this one. The lawyer threw it all at the prison warden and FBI agents to do the ultimate... Read it and find out what. I had the luxury to listen to this over a few days in Audible, and it was excellent storytelling.
Here is another good one from Grisham. Maybe it is because I haven't read any of his books in a couple of years, but the middle of the book had me wondering 'why?', and the ending caught me completely by surprise.
I enjoyed this page turner. It is not a traditional Grisham as it is not in the court room, but certainly filled with legal lingo. This book posed the question...is it ok to root for the bad guy?! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it took but two sittings to get through it.