John Grisham has long been a “go to” favorite of mine when I’m in the mood for a suspenseful book. When I finish a Grisham novel, I usually feel as though I have learned something about the law.
His plots tend to follow a familiar pattern: young, naïve lawyer, fighting against the big guns of a greedy corporation/irrational laws, with idealistic hopes of changing the world; and usually the young lawyer pulls off a big win, though losing his naivete and idealism along the way.
The Racketeer, however, is an exception to this same old plot. Beginning with the main character as a convict sitting in jail, the twists and turns of this plot keep this book intriguing and exciting. It is slow moving at first, but I was interested enough to keep trying to figure out the “whodunit” – only to be surprised in the end. While not my favorite Grisham book, it’s an enjoyable read.