John Grisham weaves an intricate and fascinating tale in this slight twist on the books he usually writes. Our main character is an African-American man named Malcolm, who comes up with a plot to get himself out of prison, where he has been incarcerated in spite of being innocent. The reader is led on a merry chase, with twist and turns throughout, until the climax when you finally shout "ah, ha!" as all is revealed. I loved the complexity of the story and rooting for the common man, a theme Grisham has used in many of his stories. Hightly recommended.
John Grisham is still one of my favorite authors and I will not hesitate to purchase his next book.....but "The Racketeer", although a technically interesting and enjoyable book, is not a "Pelican Brief" nor an "Innocent Man" and not even "Playing for Pizza", all of which show Grisham's range and curiosity, but also his humanity and reach for justice. It is not so much that in "The Panther" he isn't interested in justice, just that he doesn't achieve it in as satisfying a manner (at least for me.) In the end, I found myself glad that Mal achieved his desired outcome, but not pleased either. Befuddled I guess...so 4 stars for the book by a 5 star author.
In the top ten
It was an unbelievable but plausible story. Kept you guessing and listening
I would recommend this book to all my friends, because they all love Grisham's unpredictable stories...
Malcolm was my favorite, because he beat the system, using the system.
I listen to audio books while working.
The very beginning of the book is very depressing, and I am not into prison stories, so thought that this was not going to be a good fit for me. Because it was Grisham, I kept going. It isn't a prison story. It is a good who-dun-it.
This was not a page-turner, but I also could not stop listening (and had to several times). I was astounded by the twists, and realized I had been given clues that I had not caught.
Good reader, very good for this part.
The narrator was excellent. I think I would not have had the same impact from the story if I read the print version. I am a avid audio listener.
The main character was the most impressive.
This book kept me up all night and all through the day. Every time I though I had the story figured out another twist and the ending is AWESOME.
Carefully crafted details keep up interest level and makes the reader wonder what happens next.
Ethnically correct and thoughtful while portraying a realistically tense character.
Love to see the movie.
This was a good story and reminded of his very first book, The Firm. I did not figure it out and it kept me guessing.
I liked his voice. He did a good job of portraying this character--sounded strong and smart which is what
I would recommend this book to Grisham fans and those who like the legal issues often raised in his books.
clever, predicatable, relaxing
it was perfect!
No, and that's just the point with Grisham. Reading one of his stories is always relaxing and entertaining, but also predictable. All of his main characters face an injustice in the world with their own plans for righting the wrongs. His formula makes for easy reading, with the bad guys always ending up looking foolish.
It wasn't completely predictable and kept me engaged in the story.
At times. It was interesting trying to figure out what the main character was doing.