RACKET SQUAD by John Christopher Fine

RACKET SQUAD

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A crackerjack racket-squad prosecutor offers an idiosyncratic account of his work, focusing primarily on cases from one of his home bases in New York but also including some unexpected information about Medicaid fraud and toxic waste. The role of the grand jury and the function of counsel to the US Senate may interest some readers; but, unfortunately, tales of counterfeit clothing and electronic spying, which could have been on-top-of- the-moment exciting, are confusing and almost inaccessible because of the dry style and odd organization here (famous old-time racketeers are placed front and center). For some incomprehensible reason, most sections don't even include the dates for cases, resulting in a lack of context that undermines use for school reports. It's too bad Fine didn't frame this interesting material either as an adventure or as a solid reference. Photos; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-689-31569-4
Page count: 138pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993