Book Review: The Racketeer by John Grisham
The Racketeer by John Grisham
Malcolm Bannister is a 43-year-old ex-lawyer serving time in a US prison after being convicted for money-laundering. He is innocent, the most he should have been charged with was gross naiveté, but he was but one person in a larger FBI sting. He has lost everything, his wife who said she would stand by him but filed for divorce eight months and six days into his sentence, his young son, his career, his friends and most of his family.
Five years into his ten year sentence everything dramatically changes. In the outside world Judge Raymond Fawcett is discovered dead with his secretary in his lakeside retreat, both of them shot execution style. The FBI quickly run out of credible leads, but then Malcolm comes forward to say that he knows the identity of the killer – eager to do a deal that will have him start over in Witness Protection. Amazingly the FBI make the deal and Malcolm Bannister with different paperwork, money and some plastic surgery is transformed into Max Baldwin about to start a new life on the outside.
But have the FBI really found the killer? Things are about to take yet another turn and it all hinges on the empty safe found by the dead judge’s body...
John Grisham delivers another page-turning, highly enthralling read that has an unmistakable air of authority. It may be fiction, but you rail against the injustice in US prisons, the stupidity of much of the sentencing and the waste of good lives. But at the same time you get the chance to cheer on the underdog when he takes on the big guys in a plan that is only clear at the very end. This is a wonderful read!