The Racketeer, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Number One bestseller John Grisham returns with his most suspenseful thriller yet. 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.




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I can never quite put my finger on why I don't like John Grisham's books. The plots are normally fairly tightly constructed and although he never fleshes out his characters with much in the way of personality or depth, they tend to behave in a fairly plausible way. There is certainly no pretence of attempt at frills - you get a straightforward, plot-driven story that takes the reader from A to B without much digression.Somehow, though, I always feel that there is something missing. It must have been about ten years since i last read one of his books, and I wouldn't be surprised if a similar period elapses before I do so again. However, if or when I do choose to read another I am sure it will be similar to this - more than passable, but somehow lacking any particular flair to render it memorable.

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