First Paragraph: The Racketeer
John Grisham has been a favorite author over the past couple of decades. With The Racketeer, I believe I’ve now read them all. Here’s the first paragraph:
I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It’s a long story.
I’m forty-three years old and halfway through a ten-year sentence handed dow by a weak and sanctimonious federal judge in Washington, D.C. All of my appeals have run their course, and there is no procedure, mechanism, obscure statute, technicality, loophole, or Hail Mary left in my thoroughly depleted arsenal. I have nothing. Because I know the law, I could do what some inmates do and clog up the courts with stacks of worthless motions and writs and other junk filings, but none of this would help my cause. Nothing will help my cause. The reality is that I have no hope of getting out for five more years, save for a few lousy weeks chopped off at the end for good behavior, and my behavior has been exemplary.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Thanks to Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea for hosting The First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. I enjoy focusing on the first paragraph of various books in my own readings and that of fellow bloggers. To learn more, visit Diane.