I finished reading The Racketeer by John Grisham. Somewhat unbelievably, this is the 26th book by John Grisham that I have read in the last twenty years.
The heart of the book is the story of an attorney who was swept up in a money laundering scandal. He is serving time in a minimum security prison. The attorney learns who has killed a federal judge. He uses the information to get out of prison and into the witness protection program.
About page 200, I said to myself "where the hell is this book going?" While there were some hints, the story goes off in a very different and, at least to me, unexpected direction. This doesn't happen to me very often with a book and I liked being surprised by the change in direction.
I enjoyed the book probably more than any of the recent Grisham legal thrillers. After slogging through The Castle in the Forest, it was a perfect, quick entertaining read before I dig back into something more serious.
The author's note at the end highlights that he didn't really do much research for the book. You have to suspend belief a little to enjoy the book...