'No one does it better than Grisham' - Telegraph
He was betrayed by the FBI. Now he wants revenge . . .
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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.
His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.
I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why.
I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.
It's a long story.
Praise for THE RACKETEER
'Hooked from start to finish!' - 5-star Reader Review
'Excellent read' - 5-star Reader Review
'A super yarn' - 5-star Reader Review
350+ million copies, 45 languages, 9 blockbuster films:
NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM
Bestseller Grisham (The Litigators) is back in top form with this twisty, precisely plotted legal thriller that eschews the civics lessons of some of his more recent work. The masterful opening introduces disgraced Virginia lawyer Malcolm Bannister, who has served half of a 10-year prison sentence for money laundering after getting caught up in a federal net aimed at a sleazy influence peddler. Bannister s conviction has, naturally, destroyed his life, but he thinks he can use the murder of federal judge Raymond Fawcett to his advantage. Fawcett, who presided over a landmark mining rights case, and his attractive secretary, with whom he was having an affair, were both found shot in the head in his cabin in southwest Virginia. Near the bodies was an empty open safe. When the high-profile investigation stalls, Bannister tells the feds that he can identify the killer for them in exchange for a release from jail and the means to start a new life. The surprises all work, and the action builds to a satisfying resolution.
This book took me longer to read than any other John Grisham novel I have read before, and I have read them all. It took so long because it never grabbed my interest the way many older John Grisham stories did. The plot never seemed plausible and I got the feeling it was churned out to fulfil a contractual obligation. It lacked the sense of reality that older books did and I think this is confirmed by Grisham himself in the cursory author's note at the end in which he more or less admits to the novels shortcomings. Talking of endings, it seemed to me that he got fed up trying to finish the story and just stopped as quickly as he could with no real ending and no real satisfactory tying up of the many loose ends. I kept waiting for the real twist in the tail but it never came. A very poor offering from Grisham who once once held high in my esteem but has been sliding lower and lower in it recently.
I have been a big John Grisham fan for years but have been disappointed in recent times with his books. This one, whilst not on a par with his earlier books, is a return to somewhat of his former glory. Expensive though and only 300 pages - I read it in 3 hours and for £11, that is not great value. Worth a read though