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Clever Plot, Easy Read, Good Characters.
on February 16, 2013
Fans of John Grisham will recognize this as being in the main of his style -- a book where the law and legal system are the fulcrum upon which the tale grows from and turns.
Though not concerned with great issues of society or justice as the author plumbed in The Chamber and A Time To Kill, this book does offer a commentary on the government's aggressive of the RICO statute and the severity of sentencing in the federal system.
Malcolm Bannister is a first rate character as are a couple of the criminals he interacts with. The story is told in Bannister's first person pespective when he is present in the scene - and in the third person when he is not. Bannister, a federal prisoner locked away in a country-club prison is rightly mad about his conviction. A model prisoner, he is biding his time until he gets the gift of knowledge that will help solve the murder of a federal judge. He has a deal in mind. But the seemingly straight-fowrard story is anything but as plot twists emerge from Grisham's fertil mind to take the reader on a trip that unfolds clever schemes and interesting characters Without giving detail that could ruin the plot, I would definately recommend this for fans of the author's legal thrillers. Though not as wholly focused on the law as some of his other books, this book combines interesting aspects of the federal correctional and justice system that gives form a narrative that moves. An enjoyable read.