Apr 062013

The Racketeer.
John Grisham.
Google Books

It is no surprise that this story made the New York Times Bestseller list. Grisham always writes a great story and this appears to be no exception.

Now waiting for the twist that will pull the story away from the spoiler on the jacket cover.

Book Info

The Racketeer
by John Grisham
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: 10/23/2012
ISBN-10: 0385535147
ISBN-13: 978-0385535144
Started: 03/28/2013
Finished: 04/05/2013
Source: overdrive audiobook
Reason: NYT #1 Fiction Bestseller
Format: audiobook

Publisher Synopsis

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 . . .

Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

Author Info
Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel. Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grishams hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career.

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Mar 312013

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.
Page: 116
I may not know how God will work together my mistakes, sins, and foolishness for my good and his glory . However, I do know that he has triumphed over evil ultimately in Christ . “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1Co 2:8) . The revelation now of this mystery is all we need for our confidence that our lives are not tragic and meaningless, as they might seem to us at times . With Christ’s resurrection, we’re already able to catch a glimpse of the ending (which is really the beginning) even in the middle of the story.

God does not have a Plan B for our lives. Everything works together for our ultimate good. There need not be any anxiety that we are able to thwart God’s will for our lives.

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