This story seemed to get off to a slow start, but about half way through, I was drawn in wondering about the entirety of the scheme Malcolm had devised.
I have read all of John Grisham's books. This one is okay - but I think I've just finally gotten a little tired of them. If you are a John Grisham fan, this is good John Grisham. I liked the narrator.
I loved that the character was black and 40.
I loved how he led the government on a wild ride.
My favorite scene was when he found out where the gold was. He played it so cool.
Yes when Max got with Vanessa.
I have read and listened to all of John Grishom from A Time to Kill and the Firm to the Litergators and have enjoyed them all but I bow down to him with the Racketeer. My all time favorite
I've enjoyed all of John Grisham's books and eagerly await each new one. The Racketeer is not the typical Grisham novel in that it's written first person. Grisham typically has very vivid and funny characters with a great reader that portrays each through voice; these are lacking in The Racketeer. The reader is adequate, I just miss all the great voices and personalities in many previous Grisham books. I suppose the reader, JD Jackson, works for this book because it just straight serious reading, no dynamics.
Nothing funny or humorist in this book. No real personalities portrayed, no vivid descriptions, but a decent story that plots along. I'm supposing that some of the lower ratings are due to The Rackateer not being real typical for Grisham and therefore demonstrating our disappointment. Some reviewers say the story is outlandish. Not really. Some of Grisham's other books are more outlandish story wise. Rackateer is just missing that pzazz we expect. Those reviewers that rave about the Rackateer are also off the mark. It's not Grisham at his best and it's not even a great book. It's okay. It's interesting to some degree, but not a true thriller, not particularly well written, certainly no depth but what is missing most is Grisham and his ability to tell a great story.
I do hope Grisham hasn't lost his ability to tell a good story with great humor and imagination. Nothing really wrong with this book, just a straight story lacking humor and the characters Grisham normally takes the time to develop.
I enjoyed listening to this one. It is definitely one of his better books.
Book was slow to capture my attention. It did start to pick up in the middle and had a surprise ending which made the listen worthwhile. I believe that for the genre, Grisham is the best writer so I will continue to read his books.
My wife and I listened to this on a Thanksgiving trip to visit family. It was the perfect length: about 1/2 going; other 1/2 on trip home. Thanks, John Grisham. You made the drive a pleasure!
The plot certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. You knew for sure that there were going to be surprises, but it was by no means clear what those surprises were going to be. Waiting for them to appear created a lot of anticipation.
Grisham did an incredible job of making you wonder whether the main character was a good guy or a bad guy. However, he never crosses the line and plays the reader for a fool.
It was disapointing. His work is usually very believable. This was not. At the end he states that he did no research and this book was pure fiction.