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The Racketeer  was one of Amazon's mystery/thriller Best Books of the Month picks for October. A Q&A with the author: Describe The Racketeer in one sentence.  A federal judge is murdered, and our hero in prison knows who did it, and … see full wiki

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Plenty of twists that don't come together until the last fifty pages...

  • Apr 7, 2013
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I'm stepping back into the John Grisham stream with his latest novel The Racketeer. It's been a while since I've read a Grisham novel, mostly because my enjoyment of his work seemed to be on a good/bad/good/bad cycle. For whatever, The Racketeer caught my eye when it was put into circulation at the library. Having finished it this weekend, I'm more inclined to want to catch back up with his books. The Racketeer was pretty good...

The storyline revolves around Malcolm Bannister, a small town lawyer who was inadvertently caught up in a larger fraud scheme and sent to prison for ten years. He quickly got the reputation as a jail house lawyer and gained the trust of many inmates who were hoping for a legal miracle to get them out. When a federal judge is found murdered in a rural cabin, Bannister makes the Feds an offer... he'll tell them who killed the judge in return for a Rule 35 commutation of his sentence, entry into the Witness Protection Program, and the $150,000 reward for finding the killer. With no other leads, the Feds accept and Bannister hands over the name of the killer... but he's not done. That's only the first step of a larger plan designed to get payback for his conviction and become a very rich man.

Overall, I liked the story. Grisham throws a number of plot twists into the mix that I didn't see coming. Once Bannister leaves prison, the action seems to be somewhat random and unexplained until the last fifty or so pages. I'll admit I was starting to lose faith that the book was going anywhere or would end up making sense, but there was a payoff for hanging in there. This was one of those books I would have enjoyed while on a plane or on vacation...

Obtained From: Library
Payment: Borrowed

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