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The racketeer
John Grisham
Adult Fiction GRISHAM

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Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
This book basically seems to be a send up of federal laws, agents and judges. A (supposedly innocent) small town lawyer incarcerated under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) hatches an elaborate plot to get out of jail, steal a huge amount of money and move out of the country to a life of ease with his beautiful girlfriend with her help and the help of rich, criminal friends. Along the way he catches a killer and outwits bumbling federal agents. Though once in a while the main characters sweat or gets scared, in typical Grisham fashion the book is all plot with no character development. The book has a clever plot but has the feel of a story written in a week. I was also annoyed by the author’s tendency to switch between first and third person narrative with no explanation.
posted Nov 5, 2012 at 11:43AM
EP Max said:
Boo! I give it 1.5/5 stars. Formula Grisham, of late, with little character development and a complex plot with questionable morality that only a true "Racketeer" could love. Hang on the edge of your seat while reading how the main character spends his mornings in numerous motels while making the FBI look like a bunch of knuckleheads. Not even the sex scenes are worth the time! It’s sad to contemplate that this is the same author who captivated us with "A Time To Kill" and "The Firm."
posted Apr 27, 2013 at 2:00PM
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Former attorney; serving time in a Federal Prison Camp; knows why five federal judges have been murdered; has information the FBI wants.

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