Review of The Racketeer by John Grisham

I'm always happy when I discover one of my favorite writers has come out with a book in paperback. It's not that I'm opposed to paying full price for a hardbound book, it's just that they're heavy and hard to read in bed! Needless to say, I was thrilled when I came across John Grisham's novel, The Racketeer, in paperback
I've heard some literary types poo-pooing writers like Johh Grisham, though I often wonder why. For starters, anyone who can pump out as many best selling books as Grisham must be doing something right. More importantly, Grisham has a gift of sucking readers into the lives of his characters within the first pages of every book he's ever written

Writing is about communication, not flowery words. Grisham puts a fine point on this practice, creating novels that make readers yearn to find out what happens next. The Racketeer is no exception. From the get-go, this book draws readers into a plot involving a prisoner named Malcolm Bannister. Grisham expertly creates a plot which involves Bannister being released from prison in exchange for providing information about the murder of a federal judge.

Besides the interesting characters and intriguing plot line, what I liked about The Racketeer were all the unexpected twists and turns. By the end of the book, I had a completely different take on the action than when I started. And all this happened without a lot of confusion on my part. I gave The Racketeer 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads


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