Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review: The Racketeer by John Grisham

Title: The Racketeer
Author: John Grisham
Year Published: 2013

Genre: YA fiction (mystery)
Pages: 382
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2013 Google Reading map): USA (NY)


FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is found in his remote lakeside cabin. There is no sign of forced entry or struggle. Just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

One man, a former attorney, knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and why. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, is currently residing in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. Though serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information the FBI would love to know, Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price--and the man known as the Racketeer wasn't born yesterday.

Review: A John Grisham is the perfect book to take on a trip. I always know what I am going to get, I like the style and the story, and I can read them fairly quickly. This book saw me through the Saturday of a dance convention in Atlanta, Georgia last weekend!

I don't really know what to say about this book. If you've read and liked other Grishams, you should read this one. I liked it better than many of his others because there was a good and believable twist that I didn't see coming.

If you haven't read a Grisham yet, go for it! You don't have to read them in order. They always involve a southern lawyer, usually a murder, some embezzling, a bit of a love interest, and lots of characters. The stories flow well, they hold your interest, and I like the characters.

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