The Racketeer by John Grisham

514-ppUBRxL $28.95, 352 pages, Legal Thriller- Fiction

Meet attorney Malcolm Bannister…in federal prison and about to unfold an incredible (and legal) escape plan!

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Malcolm Bannister is behind bars in a federal prison plotting an incredible plan.  Working to help the federal government solve a murder, Bannister hopes to reduce or eliminate his sentence, altogether.  Negotiating with the FBI, he is able to take on a new identity and a new life.  What eventually unfolds is a plan quite complex and hard to believe.  The ending will have you amazed!

I thoroughly enjoyed yet another fast-paced legal thriller from John Grisham.  The writing flow easily and the plot moves very quickly.  As a result, the pages just turn ever so quickly.  Bannister was a likeable character for me and I was rooting for him from the beginning.  The plot is somewhat far-fetched and that presented a bit of a disappointment for me.

Ever since reading The Firm in my college dorm room, I have been a fan of John Grisham.  While some of his later works disappointed me, I still recommend his page-turning legal thrillers to patrons regularly.  I enjoyed Grisham’s previous novel, The Litigators, and thought I would read The Racketeer after hearing about the plot.

Appeal Factors: Fast-Paced, Character Driven, Compelling

According to Novelist, read-alikes for this book include: John Lescroart’s Damage, Capitol Conspiracy by William Bernhardt and Smash Cut by Sandra Brown (accessed March 4, 2013).

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Having worked in a correctional facility for nearly five years, I am highly suspect of this story ever occurring in real life.  And yet, this skepticism did not keep me from enjoying the story and the character of Bannister.

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