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The Racketeer: The edge of your seat thriller everyone needs to read Kindle Edition
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'No one does it better than Grisham' - Telegraph
He was betrayed by the FBI. Now he wants revenge . . .
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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.
His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.
I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why.
I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.
It's a long story.
Praise for THE RACKETEER
'Hooked from start to finish!' - 5-star Reader Review
'Excellent read' - 5-star Reader Review
'A super yarn' - 5-star Reader Review
350+ million copies, 45 languages, 9 blockbuster films:
NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM
"With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions."--Entertainment Weekly
"John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does--indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better . . . Grisham's books are also smart, imaginative, and funny, populated by complex interesting people, written by a man who is driven not merely by the desire to entertain but also by genuine (if understated) outrage at human cupidity and venality."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"The secrets of Grisham's success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his theme--little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end. --Time
"The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of an entertainment." - Los Angeles Times
"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got in the United States these days."--The New York Times Book Review
"Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"John Grisham owns the legal thriller."--The Denver Post
"John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots."--The Seattle Times
"A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues."--Chicago Sun-Times
"A legal literary legend."--USA Today--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B009GIPDQS
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (23 October 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 2646 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,012 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So, while it's only the beginning of August, (and yes I know it’s a bit early for handing out gongs) but "The Racketeer" is odds-on-favourite for my book of the year (well at least so far).
PS I recommended "The Racketeer" to the Memsahib, and she's enjoying it, so that must be worth at least another star making this a six star read.
I felt for him at the beginning due to being wrongly imprisoned and cut off from his family, but as the book went on he became steadily less and less likeable and relatable. No particular reason was given for his quasi-omnipotence. If it was that easy to con your way out of prison and run around North/Central America giving the FBI the finger, why aren't more people doing it?
The book pretty much lost all momentum around the 30-40% mark and never really regained it. The gradual reveal sort of worked but there was only one point where I found myself genuinely unsure whether the protagonist was an anti-hero or a genuine villain. Ultimately I didn't care who killed the judge or whether Mal/Max's scheme worked. There wasn't a bad guy or antagonistic force to speak of.
I wasn't surprised by the author's note at the end where JG admitted he hadn't really done any research. It showed.
Also the tagline on the front makes little sense. The protagonist wasn't betrayed by the FBI as far as I could tell. And he didn't particularly seem motivated by revenge, but rather greed. The FBI got what they wanted in the end: the killer of the judge.
The firm slowly ( but only slightly),declined as it went on in my opinion.
Where as this one is solidly good throughout its entirety.
The storyline is excellent and the characters , while few , are interesting and well described.
I personally usually prefer fantasy and sword and sorcery type books.
But like to read a thriller by Grisham or King now and again to keep things fresh.
All round a solid book that I enjoyed and would happily recommend to a friend.
With this in mind i revisited his works and selected a few to download to my Kindle. The first couple were great riveting reads as i had remembered so in no particular order i moved onto this one.
The outline of a small time lawyer caught up in a large FBI investigation was a plausible one but i thought the sentence meted out a little harsh. The first part of the book outlined how he had lost everything and then how he settled into being the jail house lawyer for other inmates. There were very few clues as to the next part of the story before it kicked off with the murder of a Judge and his girlfriend. Another inmate was offered up as the culprit and the FBI took the bait. The middle part of the book then became a tedious boring monologue of the discovery and recruitment of another man for a documentary, with little explanation of where he was going with the story.
The main character then suddenly changes from a law abiding citizen wrongfully convicted of a breach of legal code into one hell bent on getting someone locked up in a Caribbean prison. Grisham freely admits that he didn't research the plot before committing it to the story sand it showed. It was more like a trashy airport paperback than that produced by a consummate storyteller. Save your money and skip this one.