Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday Thoughts--The Racketeer

 The Racketeer In between delicious meals, fabulous presents, and quality family time, I managed to squeeze in some reading.  I chose John Grisham's newest novel, The Racketeer, which I borrowed from my local public library.  In his latest legal whodunnit, Grisham creates an interesting scenario: 

When Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett is found murdered execution-style with his latest love interest in a secluded cabin in the Virginia backwoods, the FBI is charged with solving the crime.  There are no clues left behind at the scene, except for a heavy-duty safe that has been cleared of its contents.  As the pressure to find the killer mounts, the FBI reluctantly turns to disbarred attorney, Malcolm Bannister, who claims he knows the killer's identity.  Half-way through a 10-year prison sentence for RICO violations, Bannister cuts a deal for his freedom in exchange for an indictment against the murderer.  But, despite a confession, is the man Bannister fingers the guilty party?

On the surface, this appears to be an open and shut case, and the killer and motive seem obvious.  Yet in classic Grisham style, the devil is in the details.  Who is the real Racketeer?  There is no paucity of suspects.  This fast-paced legal thriller, complete with Grisham's signature commentary on the legal system, is a real page-turner.


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