Given the importance of what they do and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It's a long story.
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This story is essentially simple but the complex weave leaves you guessing a lot of the time.Fast moving and graphic its a really good read/ Listen although a longish one. I find long books lend themselves to the audio format so particularly enjoyed this one.
"Twists and turns"
This starts out as another "jailhouse lawyer" story, but after a slighty long-winded beginning, it suddenly picks up pace, throwing the listener on an exciting rollercoaster ride.
The narrator enunciates clearly, but does contribute to the "syrupy" feeling in the beginning with his rather drawn-out reading style. However, this did not bother me once I got used to it, and the pace of the story picked up.
"Grisham back to form"
Grisham is back on top form, some of his best books aren't the legal kind, Playing for Pizza for example, and this is another book not set in the courtroom.
We are instantly drawn to his main character who plays outside the rules to avenge the wrong done to him. Although the end is slightly drawn out it is still a welcome return to form
"rivetted and racketted"
I have to preface this by admitting that I am a huge Grisham fan anyway and enjoy his style immensely. The Racketeer is about a lawyer who has been wrongfully jailed, and has hatched a very complicated and unbelievably clever plot to get himself free and at the same time get back at the system which jailed him in the first place. I will not give away the plot but will say that I was rivetted from the beginning through the unexpected twists and turns till the unexpected end. I was often left asking myself why did he do this or that, and frankly I didn't want it to end!
It's standard Grisham but then you weren't expecting anything else. American legal system and personal lives intertwined into a good tale. The story is good but as an audio book I just didn't get along with the narrator's voice or intonations which pretty much makes or breaks an audiobook. i found myself drifting off with the monotone. Summary - a good tale but voice not for me.
As usual Mr Grisham holds your attention to thr very end andevrn tten your not sure its over . A great story thank you again for keeping me awake
In the normal style of John Grisham the book goes through a number of twists and turns until the full plot is shown. A very good book with a fitting narrative that keeps you hanging through out. A must for Grisham fans
When writing on legal themes (as opposed to his occasional forays into baseball), Grisham is always spot on, gripping plots, great characters, impossible to take the headphones off. This is no exception, great listen, well narrated.
"never lets you down"
Thank you john grisham you never let me down. Great read was near the end of the book before I realised what he was up to. Talk about keep you guessing, so clever. If you like grisham you will love this.
"Back to the old Grisham"
I have been reading John Grisham Books for a long time and recently a few of his books have been a disappointment but this is back to the twists and turns and unexpected jumps that captivated me many years ago.
I dont want to go into the tale too much but all I can say is that I was guessing for most of the book, where the book starts to go is no where near where it ends.
Well worth a listen :)
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