Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: The Racketeer by John Grisham

Legalities are few, but loopholes are many. Nobody's perfect neither anything man-made is perfect. There's always a person who manages to evade the eventualities and lead us to believe that there's chink in the armor. Be it minor or major. It's up to the society to embrace it. Author John Grisham in his book "The Racketeer" tries to expose the judiciary and the security of the best caliber and commemorate a master mind idea in the history of thriller which will go down as the simplest and bravest gamble. So has he done enough to thrill the audiences? Let's find out.  

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 this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. 

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .

First look at the title and the cover and a reader gets in with the flow of the title and the tagline. By the looks of it, there's revenge and a not so sweet one. But with whom and under what circumstances is a mystery. The blurb a lengthy one compels the readers to go through the story as there's very little to decipher behind the words. There's a lot more chaos and activity which has to be uncovered. 

The story is of system and the common man whose victim of the system and it's loopholes. He is languishing in a prison, a brilliant lawyer, yet suffering at the hands of fate. Amidst all this, a federal judge and his secretary are found murdered in a lone cabin among the hills and woods and there's no clue as to what happened to both of them. FBI is at loss of words without any possible leads. But there's one man who is somewhere out there to help them. So what will happen to the case? Will all the theories be put to rest? Who will hit pay-dirt and who will get payback? What's in it for the stranger? Will it be chaos or will it pass under the bridge all very silent? That's what the story is all about. 

When there's a will, there's a way. The quote appropriately fits the bill. The story is about fighting odds and regaining lost pride. It's about payback and it's about being methodical. It's an execution not in the executioner style, but a very pure, electrifying and unnerving method. A lot goes in the story and there's a whiff of calm and there's a barrage of storm which hits with ease and blows away the sails and mast of the steadiest of the ships. The cat and mouse game in the story becomes utmost pivotal to lay the foundation of the end. The book flows and unsettles with technicalities and serene approach. It's a nightmare for the readers as it digs deep and twists hard to flutter the wings completely. 

The only downside of the book is it's underdeveloped scene for the FBI. Their role is equally important, yet it fails to deliver the exact harsh realities. It rather succumbs to the whims and fancies of the other side which is quite annoying. One sided affairs are a little bit hard to digest and it could have been turn into a two way traffic as both sides would have been manage to score an edge of the seat thriller. 

The book is a fool's game. It baffles with its deliverance and masterfully strokes the ball in the readers court. There's plenty of drama and suspense to savor for a lifetime. It's an art and a piece of craft which will languish in the minds till eternity. It's simple, yet hard hitting methods to deal with legal aspects and thriller aspects are astounding. A delight for the eyes and glory which is hard to come by, yet falls in the lap like god's blessed child. 


4 OUT OF 5

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