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The Racketeer – John Grisham

January 10, 2013

Today’s Book: The Racketeer by John Grisham
Published in 2012 by Doubleday
Location: Todd’s Library

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John Grisham has released another outstanding book!

Through the eyes of Malcolm Bannister we are lead through a first-person account of a man falsely found guilty and his plans to get out of prison, and start a new life. Malcolm is a lawyer who found himself involved in the wrong group and ended up caught up with them in a large net. We start the story with him in prison as he describes how he got there, and we start to see wind of his plan to get out – legally.

As the FBI, Attorney General, and US Marshals help him leave prison, start a new life, a new identity, and even get surgery to change his look, we are slowly allowed inside his plans. But all is not as it seems, and though we are led to believe he just wants to get out of prison and start over, maybe that is not his ultimate goal?

John Grisham has woven an incredible tale that seems too good to be true. It’s a book that is very very very hard to put down, and I found myself still up at 12:30 AM reading a couple of times and it took every ounce of self-control to put it down. His first person narrative is exciting to read, and he reveals little bits and pieces along the way, and even when you think you have it figured out – WHAM – something new.

I really enjoyed it, and the ending is a bit of a surprise, although a tough book to end. Thanks Mr. Grisham for another entertaining read!

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