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
Both my wife and I greatly enjoyed this well-crafted story. I was especially pleased that all the loose ends were tied by the conclusion. While I have read/listened to most of Grisham's novels, this is the best of his stories since "The Testament." Glad to see this popular author back in full swing.
I kept waiting for the Grisham suspense, the appearance of the Bad Guys, something to go terribly wrong, then get even worse, and finally the protagonist to scheme, trick, and blast his way through to get the fortune back, take revenge on the double-crosser, and ride into the sunset. Well, it never happened. There were some points in the story where the author built a little suspense, maybe a "4" on a scale of 10, but things just kept plodding along and the suspense faded away. Every single thing went exactly as planned. Forget whether the story was believable - other Grisham stories have stretched credibility - it was just boring. The narrator was fine, I don't think it was his fault that the story itself was a monotone.
I normally don't find the "formula" style of authors like Grisham to be very satisfying, but The Racketeer is an exception. It was a fun listen, improbable...but fun. There is a strong denial of reality in this book, but Grisham manages to keep your attention with enough twists and turns and surprises. I found myself smiling frequently at the sheer audacity of some of the dialgue and events. If you're looking for suspenseful escape this book will fill the bill.
Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.
Fun, compelling, intriguing
Yes - so glad it didn't go down the road I thought (off the rails.)
Great protagonist. Rooted for him the entire time. One of John Grisham's best IMHO.
Excellent Grisham style!
In his typical fashion, Grisham once again creates a novel of suspense that will keep you engaged from start to finish.
The story just never seemed to get off the ground for me and I'm a big fan of Grisham usually.
I think it was the performance.
It was slow.
This book was light and fun with a good reader and nice characters. Lots of twists and turns made it more enjoyable than the average book of this kind.
Delivery was painstakingly slow, unexciting, and monotonous. It was difficult to stick with it, I nearly gave up several times; it was truly one of those sunk cost scenarios.
intriguing story that threads its way in a way that doesn't loose your attention
when one of the players found himself in Jamaica without a passport
I felt as though I was going through the experience with the protagonist.
I felt very anxious as the story developed.
The turn around.
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