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 ...more
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The Feebees are right outta Mayberry, the "hero" is a DICK and none of the story is even remotely credible. Grisham didnt even try. The book starts with the feds being ...more
Here is a short list of the problems with this book:
1.) The main character is an unlikable hypocrite. Grisham presents Bannister as a character we should root for. A man who was beaten down by the federal government. He really is a deadbeat dad who can't take two minu ...more
Despite having seen it before, it's still fun to watch Grisham's main character (former lawyer and wrongly imprisoned Malcolm Bannister) execute an end-run around the powers-that-be. It is well a thought-out and executed scenario that while unrealistic at times, leaves the reader in a wistful mode wishing it could be so, as Bannister is likeable and has the reader rooting for him.
Midway through the novel, the plot ...more
Not surprisingly, the safe is now empty. The judge's young secretary who was found murdered beside him, had been tortured before she was killed. the assumption is that the killers tortured her to force the judge to open the safe before killing ...more
When you’re reading somebody’s 25th novel — the 31st of all the books he’s written — you’d be right to expect that he’d gotten the hang of writing. Especially if the guy had already sold more than a quarter of a billion copies of his work. And so it is with John Grisham’s fiendishly clever new novel, The Racketeer. It’s another winner from a man who’s been turning them out for more than two decades.
One aspect of Grisham’s fiendishness is his capac ...more
When I looked on the back of the book describing the plot, I almost put it back on the shelf. It sounded so similar to The Pelican Brief. A dead judge..environmental issue...but reading further I ...more
At 340 pages it's not a quick read, but I believe it was a quick "write." It's a very shallow book with very shallow characters. There's ...more
You had me hooked from the first chapter. I felt like I was on a continuos road trip and the adventure was thrilling. I could almost see Bannister (main character) having a meeting at the George Washington Hotel or gossiping in one of the Old Towne coffee shops or at his office on Braddock Street in Winchester, VA (as this town is my home) so it was easy to visualize the places (New Market battlefield, Reston, Radford, Roanoke, Fairfax, DC, Frostburg) - it made it se ...more
1. Small-town lawyer who was wronged by the Feds.
2. Lots of cash and shady off-shore banking.
3. Righting wrong against Feds (or evil corporations)
4. Bumbling Feds
5. Attractive woman who helps small-town lawyer
The Racketeer has everything in the Grisham story checklist, but somehow it seems different than The Firm, The Ass ...more
Contemporary fiction has it easy. All of the backstory, including pieces of equipment, structure or organization, are pre-constructed and readily available. The story can be told with the milieu mostly already prepared. In contrast, in the fantasy and science fiction genres, all of these elements cannot be taken for granted and have to be built in the narrative. Hence, when one picks up a book such as this, the expectation is for a quicker read with not much work required to imagine the locales...more
There was no courtroom drama whatsoever in this one, just the odd tale of a supposedly innocent convict working the sy ...more
The first half built up well & I wondered where the second half would go. It was pretty chilling &a ...more
I went back and forward on how to rate this book. The story was brilliantly developed with fascinating characters and good writing. It sucked me in from the first page and kept my attention to the very last word.
I took away one whole star because I had a major issue with one thing that made me very uncomfortable and at times irritated. But I will come back to that.
What I liked:
- Male MC, Malcolm Bannister. He is a real son of a gun, master manipulator and a scam artist. In ...more
The Racketeer intoduces us to Malcolm Bannister, a convicted felon, spending a 10 year sentence in a low security prison for "helping" a known criminal purchase a property illegally. while Malcolm was dished a tough sentence for t ...more
The story revolves around a black lawyer named Malcomb Bannister from Winchester, Virginia - a lovely town my husband and I have driven over, under, around and through on many trips to the North Carolina Out ...more
In my opinion, one of the best John Grisham novels ever. Lots and lots of thrills and excitment. Everything flows from page to page. The subject is facinating and very engaging -- and very unusual. At times, one could quibble with some of the action details and wonder if what just happened could really happen in the real world, but the book is so well written and engaging that those minor "concerns" receed into the background very, very quickly and bec ...more
The first half of Grisham's latest offering The Racketeer feels like Grisham pushing himself into different territory than his standard The Firm model of sto ...more
The Racketeer is skilfully written, has a engaging story and plot, is nicely paced, has a really clever protagonist in Malcolm Bannister and lots of Feds, I love lots of Feds in a story like this! Gotta love those suits! This bo ...more
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of ...more