Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Club Friday

The Racketeer by John Grisham


 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 this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.
Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .

Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.


I absolutely love John Grisham novels. I actually bought this book (with last week's book  - I got a deal on Amazon) which is very rare. It has been about 18 months since his last book and this was so worth the wait. Malcolm was an excellent character, I loved that I was "inside" his story, but not really. The story took some turns that I NEVER expected. It is definitely a book that you can't just randomly pick up and read. I think I read the whole thing in like 3 days. If you have read any of his books and liked them, then you will like this as well. Not a light read though! 

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