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The Racketeer | [John Grisham]

The Racketeer

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge's untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. On paper, Malcolm's situation isn't looking too good these days, but he's got an ace up his sleeve: He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge's body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.
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Publisher's Summary

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge's untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm's situation isn't looking too good these days, but he's got an ace up his sleeve: He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge's body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price - especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett's death. And the Racketeer wasn't born yesterday....

Nothing is as it seems and everything's fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

©2012 John Grisham (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Critical Acclaim for the Undisputed Master of the Legal Thriller

“With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions.”—Entertainment Weekly

“John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country,  nobody does it better . . . Grisham’s books are also smart, imaginative, and funny, populated by complex interesting people, written by a man who is driven not merely by the desire to entertain but also by genuine (if understated) outrage at human cupidity and venality.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end. —Time

“The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of an entertainment.” – Los Angeles Times

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“John Grisham owns the legal thriller.”—The Denver Post

“John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots.”—The Seattle Times

“A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“A legal literary legend.”—USA Today

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    Allen Flagstaff, AZ, United States 11-19-12
    Allen Flagstaff, AZ, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The ending falls short.. It seemed the book needed to end so the author throws this outrageous ending in for us to swallow.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to Biography's- Who Killed Kennedy and Lincoln


    Have you listened to any of J. D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Racketeer?

    I would have rewritten the ending


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Conway, AR, United States 03-05-13
    Cheryl Conway, AR, United States 03-05-13
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    "Hard to get a handle on"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to be read instead of listened to because it was hard to understand what what happening. I became bored easier than I usually do and my mind would wander so I would have to go back a relisten.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I definitely did not know what would happen until the ending.


    What aspect of J. D. Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't think his performance was bad. It was just the way the book was written. I usually like John Grisham but I think he is better to read instead of listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 01-14-13
    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    Listened while driving on a long, wintery repositioning and we enjoyed it. Not the finest literature but enjoyable enough that we both wanted the story on as soon as we were on open highway. The sound on this tape was uneven at times so we had to adjust with the vehicle's sound system periodically to catch key phrases and sometimes we had to reverse to figure out what was said. This isn't a regular problem with audible selections; we just found it an issue for this book.
    Definitely woudl order another book by this author and this reader.

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    A. Padmanabhan FL 12-12-12
    A. Padmanabhan FL 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Start ,Gets a bit predictable later"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cannot get the shawshank redemption similarities as i am half way through the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malcom Bannister


    Would you listen to another book narrated by J. D. Jackson?

    Yes


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    George Sand New York 11-23-12
    George Sand New York 11-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Middling (at best) Two Stars is being generous."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't care about the flow of a story.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a better book, as well as doing research about the island of Antigua. Really sloppy. If he'd visited the island, Grisham would not have called it mountainous, for example. It's a coral island - not volcanic, as truly mountainous islands are. One part does have "mountains" - the south part of the island - but the northern part is actually considered to be a desert island. As does neighboring Anguilla, Antigua even has cactus. The point of all this is that, again, Grisham was sloppy - not only with that, but with the entire book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator drove me nuts every time he mispronounced the name of the island of Antigua (as well as reading Grisham's misrepresentation of the physical landscape of the place). What's with that? The narrator referred to Antigua as AntGWA. In fact, the island's name is pronounced AntiGA. I know because my family had a home there for 25 years. Why didn't the producer check before letting the narrator make this error? And it's a big one, because it's an audio book and what people hear, they repeat. There's a special responsibility, hence, to have correct pronunciations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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