The Racketeer by John Grisham
(Doubleday, 2012, 343 pages)
John Grisham’s The Racketeer is the story of a former lawyer who is sentenced to ten years in a federal prison camp for racketeering. The Racketeer starts with the former lawyer, Malcolm Bannister, in a cell in Frostburg, Maryland bemoaning the fact that he is falsely imprisoned and still has half of his sentence to serve. The plot quickly heats up when a federal judge, Ray Fawcett, is murdered and Malcolm Bannister claims to know who the murderer is. Bannister is willing to supply the name of the murderer in exchange for his freedom and the $150,000.00 reward money.
The Racketeer is a wild ride with many twists and turns. When you think that you know what is going to happen next, it turns out that you don’t. The plot gets less and less plausible, but you continue to read because you need to know what happens next.
John Grisham is one of my favorite authors. I’ve reviewed a few of his other titles on this blog, including his young adult novels. The Litigators was one of my favorite legal thrillers by John Grisham. While I don’t rate The Racketeers as highly as The Litigators, it is an enjoyable read.