John Grisham’s next blockbuster, The Racketeer (RH; RH Audio and Large Print; BOT Audio) which arrives on Tuesday, gets an early review from the NYT‘s Janet Maslin today.

“Like any Grisham book not involving baseball, The Racketeer has a plot built around a particular legal principle,” she says. However, unlike his more recent books, this one is not based on fact, which Maslin says is a good thing because “Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here. Perhaps that’s because he hasn’t mired this book in excessive research” and that he has “gone back to what he does best, storytelling rather than crusading.”

Entertainment Weekly agrees, giving it an A minus, and calling it a “bit of a departure” and a “tautly plotted new thriller.”

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