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
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
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.
I definitely did not know what would happen until the ending.
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.
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.
Cannot get the shawshank redemption similarities as i am half way through the book
Someone who doesn't care about the flow of a story.
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.
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.
Once again, John Grisham has constructed an amazing story with legal complexity, human relationships of unusual depth and a story-line any maze designer would admire. The narration is skillful. The characters are quoted with distinctive and appropriate voices while respecting Grisham's amazing writing. The performance adds to the book without distracting from it.
I wish I could say the same for the abridgment. There is no need to abridge the book the first place. The decision to abridge was a mistake. The particular abridgment done was the second mistake.
The ending falls short.. It seemed the book needed to end so the author throws this outrageous ending in for us to swallow.
Back to Biography's- Who Killed Kennedy and Lincoln
I would have rewritten the ending
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