“I read this over Christmas break and loved it. You must read it.”Ms. Penn wrote this review Wednesday, January 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Though many twists fuel the story, I didn't find this one of Grisham;s best efforts.
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 this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.
Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .”
“Better than his last one! ”Shana wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“By far the best pure fiction yarn ever by Grisham! I could not put it down!!!”Eugen Domke wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Couldn't put the book down. The intrigue is about average, but Grisham can certainly tell it in most interesting way. Looks like I'll end up reading all his books. ”David K wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I never knew what was going on until it was explained in the end. Doesn't say much for the US judicial system, but that's not new ofr Grisham's books.”jeff b wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A racketeer is in prison but has a racket idea to get out. And other Racketeers are doing their rackets. Predictable (Yes, I figured early on who was in cahoots with whom) -- characters not nuanced, (and where are the minor characters and development? ). I liked his earlier works better, seems they addressed weightier dilemmas and we saw more of the "man against self" and "man against the world" conflicts. Is he running out of ideas, just phoning it in, or his style is now well known and thus not as fresh?”arlene s wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a very quick read-- only about two or three days for me to read in the evenings and one long afternoon... that's one thing I like about John Grisham novels.
The story kept me guessing and there was enough misdirection to keep it interesting. He did well at keeping my interest, and just a bit of tension so that I wasn't sure I even liked the star character.
I'd recommend it but wouldn't say I loved it. ”
“I enjoyed the first few books from Grisham - Firm, Pelicon Brief, but didn't get into a lot of the others after that. This one was very good - wasn't action filled, but more thought provoking and had you wondering and guessing what was going to happen next. I wanted to finish this one! At the end Grisham said there was nothing based on real life, very little research and it worked! A Great read!”Dave's wrote this review Sunday, December 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No