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