BOOK REVIEW: The Racketeer – by John Grisham

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Title: The Racketeer
Author: John Grisham
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
First published: 2012
Finished reading: December 22nd 2014
Pages: 386
Rating 3

“I was guilty all right. Guilty of stupidity for allowing myself to fall into such a mess.”

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I’ve read a few of John Grisham‘s books in the past, so when I came across a copy of The Racketeer I decided to give it a go. I finished it with mixed feelings. It’s not that I didn’t like the story or that the prose was bad, but I just couldn’t connect to the main characters. Especially Max/Malcolm; he is actually turns out to be a first class crook and I was supposed to feel empathy for him? Yeah, that didn’t happen. The story is entertaining enough to keep reading though. It was interesting to read how they were able to deceive the government and FBI, even though the story is fully fictional. All in all a book for an entertaining afternoon as long as you don’t care too much about having a thief as a main character and keep in mind this was ment as a fiction novel.

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Federal judge Raymond Fawcett has been murdered, and the FBI doesn’t have a clue who is responsable. No physical evidence was found in the remote cabin his body was found along with the body of his young secretary, and they don’t know where to start. Former attorney Malcolm Bannister claims he knows the identity of the killer and why the judge was murdered, and sees this information as his way out of The Federal Prison Camp he currently calls his home. The Feds promise to get him out of prison and into witness protection if he shares his information, and soon Malcolm is a free man with a new face and identity.

What the FBI doesn’t know is that Malcolm, now Max, has a plan that will make him a very rich man. At the murder scene an empty safe was found, and Max knows what was inside. Together with Vanessa, the sister of the man he claimed to be the murderer, they slowly put their plan into action to get the contents of the safe. Max leaves witness protection and disappears; the Feds don’t have a clue where he is or what he is doing. And the real killer doesn’t realize he is about to be deceived  and trapped by Max…

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Part of the story was a bit hard to believe, but as Grisham explained, The Racketeer is ment as a work of fiction. The story itself is quite entertaining, which makes up for the lack of connection to the characters. It’s not the perfect read and some of the scenes close to cliche, but it is still worth reading if you like treasure hunts and seeing FBI agents running around in circles.

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WWW Wednesdays #22 – Christmas Edition

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I’m baaaack!! 😀 It took a bit more time than originally planned to actually finish everything, but life is finally back to normal. Just in time for Christmas! I haven’t had much time to read in the last two weeks, but I managed to finish two books… Ah, and before I continue, I first want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas!

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On to the meme… Originally featured at Should Be Reading, WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

twelveyearsaslaveI’m finally continuing with Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, a story about a free man who was forced into slavery during twelve years. Since I didn’t have much free time to actually sit down with a paperback, I didn’t get much reading done… But now I have, I’m hoping to finish this one soon.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

achristmascarolI16139704 finished The Racketeer by John Grisham the other day, as well as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The first one didn’t fully convince me; the main character turns out to be a crook and it is not easy to symphatize with his situation. A Christmas Carol was the perfect read just before Christmas, and I’m glad I finally came around reading the original story!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Since I will be completing the Bookish Bingo challenge as soon as I finish reading Twelve Years A Slave, it will be REALLY hard to choose my next read. I have no idea so far which title to pick next, and I might end up using my TBR cup to decide for me…

WWW Wednesdays #21 – December 10th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

twelveyearsaslaveI’m still reading Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, a story about a free man who was forced into slavery during twelve years. I could have finished this one sooner, but somehow I find it easier to read e-books right now and I have been neglecting this poor paperback. Maybe today or tomorrow I will manage to continue this intriguing story…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

kiera'smoonthedarkwindI finished Kiera’s Moon last weekend and I’m in the process of writing my review. It won’t be a positive one, since I couldn’t enjoy what turned out to be a cheesy romance novel rather than a science fiction story. I’ve also finished The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman today, which I enjoyed better than my last read. An interesting mystery story involving a drug exchange gone wrong… And Navajo chief Chee is trying to figure out what really happened. Review coming soon!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

16139704I’m about to start The Racketeer by John Grisham, a book that I need to fill one of the last squares of the Bookish Bingo challenge. I was going to read another book for the Birds On Cover square, but when I decided to use my TBR cup to choose my first read after completing the Bookish Bingo challenge, this one got selected out of over 80! titles. So I guess it was just ment to be…