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 led around by the nose b ...more
I haven’t read a John Grisham book in a long time. This little gem was picked up recently and it was a pleasant surprise. It moved along at a good pace, had an excellent story line, first class dialogue, and will definitely keep the reader on the edge. It is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
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
Malcolm Bannister was an attorney in a small firm when he was inadvertently caught up in a money laundering scheme, convicted under the RICO statutes, and sent to federal prison. There he became a 'prison lawyer' helping other convicts with their appeals. etc. When Judge Fawcett - a federal judge in Virginia - is murdered, Bannister contacts the FBI, claiming he will name the killer in exchange for immediate release from prison.
This happens, and once he is free Bannister, with help from a woman ...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
I picked up this e-book with great hopes of getting a good courtroom drama, what with the blurb mentioning about a Supreme Court judge being murdered and the protagonist being a lawyer behind bars (the author has introduced a black lawyer as a protagonist). However, my hopes were dashed as I progressed through the book. The plot is about how a lawyer u ...more
I love this opening line. It does not disappoint.
It is interesting as an innocent black lawyer goes to prison. (You find this out right away.) Then you follow the FBI investigating a murdered Federal Judge who looks like he was corrupt. I love Grisham's discretion when the lawyer gets a makeover. I think you will too. I'll never forget that character.
The innocent lawyer finds out and is able to use this to get out of prison. That is when the ...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
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
I have been hearing about John Grisham books for quite a while now, so when I picked up this novel to begin reading I felt as if I was a lat ...more
The Racketeer is relayed partly in the first person which made for a nice change of pace at first. However, it ended up being quite slow. The story development and building of suspense took so long and was just centering on one main theme. There weren't the usual intricacies or the tangled web to be navigated by the reader.
Malcolm Bannister, a lawyer, found himself on the wrong side of the law when he ...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
I used to be a huge Grisham fan, but his recent stuff either doesn't have the same feel as the older stuff, or maybe my tastes have changed...I'm not sure which.
I loved the power of th ...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
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
The first half built up well & I wondered where the second half would go. It was pretty chilling &a ...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