I had stopped reading Grisham some years ago as for me he had become too formulaic. Lawyers, crime, just change the sex, age or colour of the lead and there's your story. I decided to end that moratorium and give him another go. Overall the novel was gripping with plenty of twists and turns making you turn on your latent 'Sherlock Holmes' to solve the who, what, where and why of The Racketeer. I found, however, that at the conclusion I was left wanting one more twist or turn. Good but not great! I also found that the narrator was a little monotone to my hearing. All said and done I will read Grishams' next novel but I won't be twisting and turning in my sleep waiting for it!
Yes, I'm a Grisham fan.
I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy this book new and in hardback. It's ok as a summer read by the pool or on a long flight, but the plot was just too good to be true and fairly unremarkable.
It was a bit stilted.
A plot that might seem CLOSE to reality.
Yes, he has written some really good stuff... especially the Painted House and I cannot say enough good about the book Bleachers. Both were excellent as are several others. The Innocent Man was incredible. I KNOW more excellent books are to come.
He was ok but very slow. I read a review that said he listened on x2 and that would have been better.
I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well
The plot is interesting; how can a convicted (although innocent) lawyer get out of prison and become rich at the same time? The problem is that the telling of the story involves too much unbelievable human reactions. For example, would you believe that a US customs official - the guys who check your passport when you enter this country from a trip abroad - would let you in on your old passport after you have had so much plastic surgery that you are "unrecognizable?" We are told that the customs official is white, and since our protagonist is black, the official lets him into the country, since white people think "all black people look alike." I cannot believe that in a work of fiction. Would you believe that a young woman could deter two hillbillies from entering a house by taking off her blouse and bra? This embarassed the hillbillies so much that they left, even though their friend - the guy they are looking for - is in the methamphetamine business? I don't believe that, either. Fiction needs to be believable. And this plot is not.
Most disappointing is the lack of believability, as mentioned. But I have to say that the story is boring as well. It goes on and on with details that are, well, just not connected to character or to story.
I have not listened to any of this narrator's work before. I have to say he did a very good job with challenging material. I actually felt sorry for him several times, having to read this stuff.
I'd say that narration was redeeming. But that's about it.
I really liked the early Grisham; but this is my last one.
This book is a unique, unusual and intriguing thriller. Grisham uses his legal knowledge in a new and addictive way – he can pace a thriller like no other writer. I like the narrator, and think over time he will be a 5 star, but at the moment the pace is just a bit too slow. Well worth the listen ~ S
I was excited about this book due to all the glowing reviews but was disappointed once I listened to it. I figured out the big twist quite early in the story, which made the unbelievable plot even more so. The main character was unlikeable and the secondary characters were 2 dimensional. On top of that, the FBI of this book is a bunch of bumbling keystone cops who can't figure anything out (especially unbelievable after watching the Petraeus scandal unfold over the last week.). The worst part is there is actually a plot line in the book (uranium mines case), which would have made a great Grisham novel but he does nothing with it.
Say something about yourself!
John Grisham still has what it takes to grab me at the first page and keep my attention. I have never been disappointed with anything he has written. This book stands well next to the Bretheren, and the Client.
You gotta get this book. Engrossing story. Unusual plot. Well read by J. D. Jackson. Lots of unexpected plot twists. John Grisham comes through with another absorbing mystery.
Yes, it was engaging, however, I agree with other reviewers that it moves slowly
Other Grisham books
Worth the listen but not as good as his classics. I would rate it actually about a 3.5
Mal, he had everything under control at all times.
His voice did not intrude, I usually knew who was speaking and it made the telling flow.
I can't wait for Grisham's next book! My favorite author