The Racketeer

[The Racketeer]
Griffin Press
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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The Racketeer is a classic example of a revenge story. The main character Bannister is wronged early in the narrative by antagonistic forces and spends the remainder of the plot planning and exacting his revenge to receive justice, legally or not. In the case of The Racketeer, the main antagonist is the FBI. Nathan Cooley, while not on the hero’s side, in this case, is more of an unfortunate bystander in Bannister’s plan. A judge and his girfriend are killed and the contents of the safe are missing.

Malcolm Bannister after having his sentence commuted and given a new identity he is constantly assessing women. He beds a woman very soon after the operation to change his identity. Then he catches up with  a woman he met when she made prison visitations. Both are divorced and don't bother about nuptials. They seem to be a permenant item and can't stay away from each other.

The last two chapters pull all the elements together.

Author: C F, Australia
Update on: Aug 2021