The Racketeer by John Grisham

Published November 25, 2016

The Racketeer by John Grisham

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A solid work by John Grisham that follows the story of a lawyer who believes he was wrongfully arrested and works out a way to get an early release by revealing the culprit of another crime. As you might imagine, it’s nowhere near as simple as that and the reveal of the culprit’s name is just the beginning.

I didn’t feel like this was as strong as some of Grisham’s other works, and he admits at the end that he didn’t put much research into the story, but then again, it doesn’t feel like it really needs any. It’s more of a winding, twisting narrative that keeps you guessing - firstly whether our guy is telling the truth, secondly what his ulterior motive is, and finally, back to whether he’s telling the truth again or not.

It all wraps up into a neat conclusion, and it’s always fun to have someone supremely clever being one step ahead of everyone else, but I did leave the book feeling a bit on edge - should we have been rooting for this guy or not?

Rating: Unrated

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