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Best-selling author John Grisham joins us with his latest legal thriller, “The Racketeer.”

Author John Grisham. (AP)

Author John Grisham. (AP)

John Grisham writes legal thrillers like birthdays come around on the calendar.  Once a year, every year, since 1988 – when his first, “A Time to Kill,” came out.  Blockbusters like clockwork.  “The Firm.”  “The Client.”  “The Runaway Jury.”  “The Confession.”  “The Litigators.”  You get the idea.

He is a publishing legend.  275 million John Grisham books in print.  His latest – “The Racketeer” – has all the Grisham trademarks.  A lawyer in trouble.  The law in a twist.  Sex, money, murder and a fiendish plot.

This hour, On Point:  the legal thriller master, John Grisham.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

John Grisham, best-selling author of the new book The Racketeer.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “At one of many moments in John Grisham’s new novel that find Malcolm Bannister, its main character, taunting federal investigators, he announces: “There is simply no section of your vast federal code that you can possibly use against me.” Mr. Grisham more typically writes about victims or escapees from the law, not about anyone with the nerve to flout authority this brazenly.”

Wall Street Journal “Mr. Grisham keeps the pages of “The Racketeer” turning with enough startling plot twists—and changes of scenery, from Miami to Montego Bay and beyond—to surprise even the most suspicious reader, unspooling his characters’ intriguing back stories only on a need-to-know basis. This ever-surprising caper holds one’s interest to the final page.”

Excerpt: The Racketeer

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  • Wm_James_from_Missouri

    Merriam Webster says:

    First Known Use of RACKETEER :1924

    If this is the case, what did people call such crimes in the past ?

    How many other unnamed crimes are right in front of us everyday ?

    What would John Grissom consider to be an example of an “acceptable” Racketeer ?

    Sounds like a good read, thanks !

  • GarretWoodward

    What advice do you have for up-and-coming novelists? I released my first book last year and am trying to keep to a discipline of putting out at least one work a year, to keep myself fresh, on point and continually learning more about my voice and technique. I look at writing as a craft you must adhere to everyday. As they say, “writer’s write”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

    The too many laws and tough on crime thing can backfire, though – after the crash of 2008, there were so many connected people with their hands dirty, so many that  could have been prosecuted and implicated others, that they decided not to go after anyone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OVIN7L36M5JZ4PPB5SZDUU4PQY Michael

    Isn’t it a standard strategy for oppressive regimes to continue adding laws to the book until it becomes a de facto reality that nobody can possibly live within the law?  Is this what seems to be happening in the USA now?  And doesn’t this almost make ‘wrongful conviction’ a de facto reality when it has become impossible for a person to live legally?

  • Call_Me_Missouri

    There is no amount of money you could pay me to be a Hero in one of John Grisham’s book.  :)  Sorry John.  I love the movies based on the books, but those hero’s took a tough ride!

  • Bookmobileman

    Mr. Grisham your new book went on the Gloucester County, VA bookmobile today.  Since I run it and few of my 3 to 5 year old patrons will be interested maybe I’ll get to read it first.  I love the legal novels but having lived all over the country my favorite is still “Ford County”.  Have to go read to some children so don’t know if this will make the air but keep writing and fighting injustice.

     

  • bennymill

    –John. my name is Benny Milligan.  I am from Pearl River La. and have a story that you may have heard of. I am wondering if it may be book worthy.  My best friend fell from a waterfall on the Natchez Trace when I took him to the hospital they wouldnt accept him because he had no insurance so I told them that he was me(swapped identity).  Well I worked for NASA in New Orleans and ended up in Federal Prison for mail and wire fraud as well as conspiracy.  I was on Oprah twice aswell as Dateline and numerous other programs.  My wife has since passed due to cancer but she was also indicted and recieved house arrest my # is 985-288-7002 if you think there is anything there please call.  There is much more to the story to tell just not here.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=781959964 Maria Kowalski Zwiefka

    Thank you so much for allowing me to be on the show today, Tom and John. I do hope you look into the business of family court. Not only are battered persons getting over-looked in the system because their violent offenders are of relation, but children are being mishandled within custody scenarios. No longer is a “best interest analysis” useful when there violence is present.

  • rhodarumson

    John, Prosecutors and Judges most certainly do do these things on purpose. Google Mark and Rhonda Lesher. The problem with our legal system is the fact that they cannot be held accountable. Immunity Immunity Immunity. We bet the farm and lost it for Justice. Mark has been a lawyer for the little guy fighting civil rights issues for many years with a lot of success. Small town politics paid him back by charging us with a fictious rape with no investigation at all and a lying wittness.

  • JulieWingerter

    For those that want to join the excitement, on John Grisham’s Facebook page he is currently using SnapApp to run a photo contest– like the page, upload a Geocoin photo and you could win a grand prize of one ounce of real gold and a signed copy of the book!

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