The Racketeer by John Grisham

racketeerI had never read any of Grisham’s stuff so I thought I’d try it. I’m still not sure I’ve read something from him (see below).

Genre: Drama

Stats: 340 pages, audio (which is what I did) 13 hours/10 discs

Blurb: (from goodreads) 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 . .

What I liked: It was hard to figure out what Malcolm was doing until the end, so that helped keep you reading. I liked the narrator, J.D. Jackson. He did a good job with what he had.

What I didn’t like:  It was pretty slow reading and, infact, if I hadn’t been listening to it, I’d have probably either skipped parts or just dropped it all together. It’s a long book, so I’m not sure why the writer (and editor) decided all the extra words had to be put into this. There was a lot of repeating of facts and text that just didn’t need to be there/that didn’t add anything to the story other than it’s length. And at the end, I found out it wasn’t even copyrighted by Grisham, which probably means he didn’t even write it.  It was published in 2012. I’ll have to try one of his earlier books. Anyone have a suggested title?

 Rating: 2.5/5


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