Book Review: The Racketeer by John Grisham

The RacketeerWhat’s it about?

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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.

His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies – Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.

I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why.

I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.

It’s a long story.

My thoughts

Just a quickie review for this Grisham novel as I’m a bit short on time this week but should be sufficient to get my feelings across….

Grisham is my go to comfort read which may sound strange given most of the books subject matter but hey that’s my book thing….some pick up Potter, I’ll go for a Grisham as his novels never disappoint me. This one was no different. It’s been a while since I read a Grisham novel and I was glad to be back in that legal thriller environment; particularly with the little guy vs the big bad US government.

Grisham novels aren’t difficult reading and I enjoyed the pace, the plot and the fact that it never goes where you think it’s going to go.Β  With plenty of beach scenes and shady off-shore banking reminiscent of The Firm I was totally engrossed and rooting for the guy in prison and hoping that his plan worked and even feeling sorry for the bad guy.

Read if you’re a Grisham fan or enjoy legal thrillers, although if you fancy trying Grisham for the first time I’d recommend A Time to Kill every time.

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8 Comments

  1. 26th August 2016 / 9:37 am

    I know what you mean about the ‘go to’ thing, I adore Grisham, but horrendously it’s been years! I have a pb of this that I bought for my brother’s birthday last year(John Grisham is the only author he reads) and never gave him (he had it already), so I must get to it!

    • 3rd September 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Always glad to chat with a fellow fan….I hope you pick up that paperback soon πŸ™‚

  2. 27th August 2016 / 12:14 pm

    I received The Firm this week, I really hope to enjoy it because I know I have plenty of legal thrillers coming my way if I enjoy Grisham’s style!

    • 3rd September 2016 / 4:30 pm

      I have it on my book shelf too..unread (the shock)…..the movie is pretty decent too so that’s worth a watch (after the book of course).

  3. 3rd September 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I’ve read a few Grisham but not this one … yet πŸ™‚
    Thanks for reviewing.
    #talkofthetown

  4. 4th September 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Got to love a plot that doesn’t go where you think it is Lindsay!

    #TalkoftheTown

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