ENC 1102 41M
29 March, 2013
The racketeer’s plot is very interesting especially in the beginning and end. Although in the middle of the story it is very drawn out, raising more questions than answers. Malcolm Bannister is halfway through a ten-year prison sentence for money laundering, a crime he only technically and innocently committed. When a federal judge is murdered, he senses an opportunity to obtain his freedom, because he knows who committed the crime and why. Rules 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows for a prisoner to be pardoned or have their sentence reduced if they can solve another crime. His first challenge is getting the attention of the FBI, but eventually he is successful in negotiating his release from prison if the man that he accuses of the murder is indicted. What to me was a reasonably straightforward and only moderately interesting story becomes a lot more interesting when it becomes apparent that Malcolm has an entirely new agenda of his own and that his release from prison is only the first step of the plan. In my opinion this novel has a rags to riches plot. This is because Malcolm Bannister begins in a prison for a crime he didn’t consciously make, and ends up rich with a plethora of gold bricks for him and his colleagues. Eight million dollars worth of gold to be exact. Being in prison, Malcolm Bannister had literally nothing and there wasn’t anything he could do about it until he learns of the death of a federal judge and builds his scheme in his favor for acquiring gold and perhaps the most priceless thing of all, his freedom. In my opinion this confirms the rags to riches plot.
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