Grisham is a wonderful craftsman. His characters are more constructs than real people but I guess that is why we like this type of escapist writing.
Hearing Grisham attempt to put himself in the skin of a smart black person was an interesting strategic ploy aligned with the denigration of Federal government employees and institutions. One can't help but think that he is playing some kind of political game here.
This was one of the better books I have listened to. The storyline grabs you and you can't wait to understand how the events unfold.
Worth the listen
Vanessa answering the door.
First time I heard him. Nice voice with good character transitions.
I did it in three.
John Grisham does not let you down in this novel!
Great story from start to finish. Grisham did it again. Don't miss this one.
Buy this book
When the last word was spoken, I thought to myself that this is absolutely the worst book I've ever encountered. Then I heard the opening of the author's note and knew I was correct:
"This is indeed a work of fiction and more so than usual. Almost nothing in the previous 340-odd pages is based on reality. Research, hardly a priority, was rarely called upon. Accuracy was not deemed crucial. Long paragraphs of fiction were used to avoid looking up facts."
Clearly, the joke is on me for spending the money and the time with this pile of dung. Good one, Mr. Grisham. You got me.
If I could rate it a zero I would.
Let me start by saying not everyone likes Grisham. Some people think he is too popular to be good. I used to have that same snobbish opinion. I am a Ph.D. and figured if he was so popular he could not be good. But going on vacation one year, I grabbed one and loved it. They are generally quite entertaining, and often are thought-provoking.
To date, I have read almost every Grisham book there is, and now that I commute a good deal, got this on audio. If you like Grisham, you should like this book. It is not his most profound, nor the most unique, but with this book he delivers a good story, some good characters, and the usual relatively entertaining plot.
What might be relatively unique about this book is the main character-- he is African-American, which IS unique in much of modern fiction, but that is not what I am referring to. I am not sure, but I think this book is the first time Grisham has his protagonist do the type of thing he does. I won't tell you more, as it would be a spoiler, but I think this might be the first time Grisham pulls this particular stunt with a main character.
The narrator is brilliant, and brings the story to life. Keep this narrator coming back!
The story is that of a struggling young lawyer in a rural town who is apparently unwittingly caught up in fraud, and is wrongfully convicted by the government. Halfway through his sentence, a federal judge is killed, and our protagonist knows who did it. He uses his deep knowledge of the law to earn his release, but then has to go into witness protection. The guy he ratted out is part of a drug family and they don't forgive or forget.
I would recommend this to anyone who has listened to John G. novels in the past and enjoyed them. In a number of ways, it had some of the twists and turns of his previous novels.
I have listened to all his books. They are fine. The "good" thing about them is that they are all unrelated. So each one starts from scratch and you need to get to know all the characters to really understand them and appreciate them.
This book was a big disappointment. Usually Grisham's books make for a good read or listen. This one did not grab my attention or imagination at all until the last 20% of the novel. Even then it really did not lead in to the ending. Also, while it was obviously fiction, when the setting is quasi "real life" it should bear a remote semblance to reality. This one surely did not. That being said, a different narrator may have improved it somewhat. Narration was slow and monotone.
interestingly jumps around!
Malcolm - a second chance at life.
He fit the part
No, but it kept my attention
The bad guy gets what he deserves.
I've already listened to "The Racketeer" twice. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to listen again and catch all the subtle hints that were dropped early in the novel.
"The Racketeer" reminded me very much of Grisham's early works that I enjoyed so much. The characters were very likable, even if they were a bit shady.