The whole plot seemed to be too contrived. The latter parts were hard to follow and not really believable
Seriously, this book is crap. If John Grisham actually wrote this, he should either be ashamed or just quit writing. It's pedestrian, predictable and silly. I have vowed NEVER to buy another book by him as in addition to having no real story to tell, he appears to be adding useless details to increase his word count. If you like books in this genre read Gone Girl which actually has real twists and suspense. This has a dull, ponderous generic narrative. Don't bother.
What could have been a fascinating story about race, the law, and personal identity goes....nowhere. Unrealistic plot and uninteresting characters. Hard to believe that a Grisham book could be this tedious.
I haven't read a Grisham book in a long time and discovered when I listened to this that I really missed him!
The freedom to do my art work and get lost in a fantastic book.
Not all one sitting but every time I was in my art room, it went on.
I LOVED it!
I was very disappointed in this book. I did not like the characters at all, they were dull. The narration was blase. Overall, there was no passion, no interesting characters, no gripping story line.
This book struck me as the 3rd book in a 3 book contract. Just get it done so that the author has completed his obligation.
I know that Grisham has the talent, and that Jackson has a great voice. I believe that their future projects will be better.
Don't let The Racketeer tempt you, just pass on this one.
I found it hard to follow after the first half and lost interest. My wife felt the same. We both are Grisham fans and have all of his books. We could not beleive he wrote it.
I like mysterys. I will buy the next Grisham book because they are usally great.
The reader did a good job.
The plot was slow to evolve, and at times a bit unbelievable.......the villains were difficult to identify, but once discovered became an interesting journey......the plot kept my interest.....with all the twists, turns, and new characters introduced....the ending was a bit ho-hum (big build up---big let down) ......over-all a fun, listen with good narration.
What happened to my - until now - favorite author? I only hope he did not write this book himself. Because it's a scary thought that he did. It could only mean that with age a man's humor and common sense, no matter how compelling, become as frail as his muscles and reading his new books turns into one big yawn, on a par with watching him lifting weights.
Usually a novel is either full of unrealistic action, suspense and over the top plot twists or it is very realistic, believable and boring. But this book manages to both.
Spoiler Alert -- If two Americans who are traveling alone on a private jet deplane in Jamaica, the first one gets caught with 2 kilos of cocaine and a fake passport and the second one vanishes before anyone can question him, how is it that we are suppose to believe the second one is not going to be immediately suspected by the Jamaican authorities of having been involved or at least be sought for questioning?. Of course this is the somehow the best scheme the main character could come up with to get the first one in trouble but the second one who is the main character, while somehow not even being concerned that it might not work.The plane, the cocaine and even Jamaica all had nothing to do with anything except to fulfill this ridiculousness plan. It took half the book to set this up and this is the payoff?
Anyways, this read is very disappointing. I will definitely think twice before buying another Grisham novel again.
Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota
Always... I am a slow reader, and I can multi-task while listening to the best literature available. The narrator gives an interpretation in his reading I might not benefit from my own reading.
There are few books similar to this one. It is a story of culture, namely AfroAmerican culture. Mr. Grisham displays a rare talent: a white man telling a black man's story, frankly, unabashidly, and truthfully. All in a plot that twists, turns and wrenches the reader through all the prejudices of our society.
It is a legal epic that starts with the murder of a Federal Judge and the incarceration of an innocent (more or less) of a small time black lawyer. Angry, powerless, humble, and so dedicated to exonerate himself from the frame up he has been victimized by. The plot line is thorough and huge. A great read for all but well read bigots.
He embodied the main character, soft spoken and intelligent.
The ending was phenominal.
A rare gem in the long list of Grisham's legal mind games.