Book Review: The Racketeer

RacketeerAuthor: John Grisham

Publisher: Doubleday, 2012

Genre: Legal Thriller

Source: Public Library

My Rating: B+

Attention all old John Grisham fans: The Racketeer is a book in the the old Grisham form. It’s complicated, with lots of twists and turns. It took me down one track only to make me wish later I’d taken another track. I also found myself rooting for the success of the criminal! And, best of all, Grisham makes us a completely different look at our legal system and it’s flaws. Yes, all the hallmarks of a good ol’ Grisham novel. Here’s the summary:

In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is found in his remote lakeside cabin. There is no sign of forced entry or struggle. Just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

One man, a former attorney, knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and why. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, is currently residing in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. Though serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information the FBI would love to know. Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price—and the man known as the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday.

The plot-line of this story is pure genius – imho, as the kids say. About half way through the story I paused and tried to think of where the whole thing might be going. I could come up with about five different tracks – none of which Grisham took. And that’s the joy of reading one of his novels. I like having my brain challenged while at the same time I’m being entertained.

Old John Grisham fans – Don’t miss this one. And that completes my reading of all of Grisham’s books. I sure hope he’s working on another good one.


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4 Responses to Book Review: The Racketeer

  1. I enjoyed this one as well Margot.

  2. I liked this one too but it did bug me that the narrator of the audio version didn’t pronounce some things the way a Virginian would.

  3. Ti says:

    I really liked Grisham before he was famous. His books really pulled me in even though they were legal dramas and not my typical Lit Fiction. But after his popularity peaked, his writing seemed almost formulaic to me. I gave up on him. Glad to see with this one, that he has returned to his old writing style.

  4. kelley says:

    I do like a good John Grisham book. I haven’t read one in awhile.

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