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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

This program aired on October 23, 2012.

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