The Racketeer by John Grisham

The Racketeer by John Grisham
Publisher: Dell, Random House
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (382 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

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 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 . . .

Packs a punch and keeps you guessing!

John Grisham books are my kryptonite. I admit it. When each one comes out, I jump to see what Grisham will spin out next. The Racketeer is a real ride. I enjoyed the book to an extent. There were a few issues, but I’m glad I read the book.

The writing is one of my issues this time out. There were moments when I wasn’t sure whose point of view I was in. Malcolm, the main character, tends to be the main point of view, but here and there I was treated to others. While this might not be bad for some readers, I had to go back and figure out who was talking. For me this was not good because Malcolm is one step ahead of everyone else. One detail out of place and I got lost.

Another thing I didn’t like was the treatment of one of the secondary characters. I really liked the character of Nathan. The way the plot twisted was interesting and had me needing to know what happened next, but it also left me irked about Nathan. Oh and his dog. I won’t give any spoilers, but yeah, I wasn’t happy. I got emotionally involved in the story, so kudos to Grisham for that, but this was an instance I wasn’t pleased.

Now it may seem I didn’t like this book. Wrong. I enjoyed the book and thought about it long after the last page. I discussed it with friends and went back to read it again. Grisham spins a real whale of a tale in this book and while some of it isn’t to be believed, it’s worth the read.

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