Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Racketeer - Book Review

Author: John Grisham
First Published: 23-Oct-2012

Malcolm Bannister charged under ‘Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act’ has already served 5 of the 10 years sentence of his conviction term. The brutal murder of a federal judge gives him the opportunity to not only get out of prison, but also make a fortune.
The story is in many folds. The suspense and the underlying plots are not very bad.

The character of Malcolm Bannister has been developed very well throughout the book. The chapters in the book are from two perspectives. Either each chapter is from the third person view of the writer or from Malcolm Bannister’s view. This makes it a different style of writing, which you might enjoy. The prison atmosphere and how the entire investigation system goes into jeopardy with the murder of a federal judge has been established very well. Quinn Rucker, the main accused behind the murder of the federal judge is another character that unfolds gradually giving more sense to the story. The interrogation of Quinn Rucker by the FBI is a very interesting episode. The twists in the plot are not something very fresh, but do the work of holding the reader to the book.

The Rackateer is another legal thrilling novel from John Grisham which though reveals itself as a good legal thriller, but is not one of the best mystery or thriller books around. Being a John Grisham fan I can comfortably say that this is not one of his best works. If you are picking up a John Grisham novel for the very first time, you can understand the genius of this author from his other works like ‘The Firm’, ‘The Rainmaker’ or ‘The Runaway Jury’. However, if you are on a long journey or have a lazy day off, this book will not disappoint you.

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