I loved The Racketeer. I have always felt John Grisham is the best at this type book and he seems to prove it with each new book. I have to say when I got this book I was in a slump. I have not been able to find a book that just grabbed me. Instead I have been reading good stuff but not great. listened to the book in one night and had to suffer the next day but boy was it worth it.
The Racketeer is vintage Grisham, with legal wrangling, murder, theft, and a story line to amaze. The main character Max was another super smart lawyer that has been wrongly convicted of a crime. Max and several other convicts spend two years planning the revenge on the federal government. Oh, and there is also millions of dollars at stake. Grisham uses the plot to fool you into the anticipating what the conclusion will be. By the time you realize the plot is not moving in the way you thought it would, boom the book is almost over. Grisham ends the book by telling you what happens to the main chracters and that really works for me. I cannot stand a book that leaves you wanting an explanation. I did think Grisham left out the ending for the unlikely bad guy. Did he die or go to jail, I do not know but would have liked to have known.
J.D. Jackson was the narrator and as always did a great job. I truely like to listen to his voice and it always makes the book better.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
This story had lawyers, criminals, victims, bad guys, good guys and the usual cast found in Grisham novels. But it wasn't typical Grisham. I think the story was so far fetched that it seemed like the work of another author. Everything had to fall into place and, of course, everything did. What I liked about the story is that I wasn't able to guess what the blazes was going on until Grisham slowly revealed it. Thus my interest was piqued throughout. But the aspect that I liked was also the aspect I disliked. There was no way to really do any sleuthing with this one. You simply had to wait it out to see what would happen. Not great literature but an enjoyable listen.
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.
The whole plot seemed to be too contrived. The latter parts were hard to follow and not really believable
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.
Grisham is always top notch and like so many listeners, once I start, I can never put down his stories. But while J.D. Jackson is the pitch-perfect narrator for this audiobook, playing it at 2 x speed really helped me stay with his otherwise over-comtemplative pace.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
While I was pretty captivated by the plot, I still didn't think this was one of Grisham's best. I suppose it's still worth a listen though.
JD Jackson has a warm , believable voice; good pacing.
Story line becomes technical and boring and unbelievable.
warm tone, varied pace, clarity.
first third was good.
A more believable plot
Way to deliberate
The Jamaican police choosing to arrest one drug trafficker and ignoring the other
I think Mr Grisham must have been behind on his commitments to his publisher. This author could write this story in his sleep; we expect more when we see Grisham's name on the cover. Come on John, you owe us one.
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.