The Racketeer is a highly inappropriate story for a Christmas day review but it would make a great gift (too late!!) as an enjoyable thriller. In this book, the hero is a lawyer (of course) who is wrongly accused and condemned of a white-collar crime and who exacts revenge from the government in an innovative and wildly profitable way. The author occasionally adds an unnecessary rant against the legal and penal system that seems obvious from the story and detracts from the action – but there is a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter, as should be, and the twists and turns are appropriately curvy.
If I think about it, I know there’s something wrong with someone exacting personal revenge against the government by extracting a vast fortune for himself, even if the fortune is stolen in the first place, but I must admit I did not think about it (too much) while I was enjoying the book.