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The Racketeer | [John Grisham]

The Racketeer

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.... 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.
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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

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    royce Acworth, GA, United States 01-09-13
    royce Acworth, GA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Grisham just not what he used to be"

    I remember when Grisham was gold. You could buy his next book and know you were getting something great to read. Hasn't been that way for some time. : <

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronny hendersonville, NC, United States 01-08-13
    Ronny hendersonville, NC, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worse than Garbage"
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    I disagree with the reviewer who headlined the review "Garbage". It was worse than garbage! Save your money, and time. The only possible explanation is that Grisham took the first half of one implausible, rediculous story, and added it to the second half of an entirely different, implausible, rediculous story, and did not even bother to link the two together.
    I actually went back and listened to the first half again to see if i missed parts that would explain what the relationship was to the second part! (It didn't help).
    This might be what a first time author, who was just out of high school would write, but he woud never get it published.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but Grisham


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader was OK but he was not very good. Maybe he was as confused as Grisham was about what was going on.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness at the pitiful depths to which a very good author has sunk


    Any additional comments?

    I am returning this book for credit. Maybe if enough people actually do that we won't be subjected to stupid trash like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark sherman oaks, CA, United States 01-08-13
    Mark sherman oaks, CA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "wow is this bad"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    no. this was so hard to listen to I just couldnt bring myself to trust them again. It is simply a boring plot and not in anyway plausible. This is coming from someone who just finished 14! and Altar of Bones! Equally outlandish plots and devices but better written and much more satisfying.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Confession was much better. Not great but better.


    What didn’t you like about J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    U n b e l i e v a b l y. S l o wmust listen on 1.5 speed or higher. the pauses are too long.


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    this book was not put together by two writers it was machined from left over parts of other probably more intersting ideas. The result is an uninspired disappointment that was also hard to listen to at normal speed. Though I did find at 1.5 his voice was fine and tempo listenable.


    Any additional comments?

    after several great books (and very different sure), including The Drunkard's Walk and 14, this was tough to finish and ultimately unsatisfying. Sorry it sounds harsh but that was my 12 hours i will not get back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    minadene Brandon, MS, United States 01-08-13
    minadene Brandon, MS, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You will not determine the ending."
    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    The conclusion.


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    It is similar to Grisham;s books.


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he provides more characterization.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    jamaisa 01-07-13
    jamaisa 01-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Rollicking Ride!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I so much enjoyed this audiobook!! The narrator is top-notch which adds depth to the story. You won't regret listening to this book--one of my favorite Grisham's yet!!


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Great diction and a powerful performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but i also didn't want it to end, either.....


    Any additional comments?

    Can someone recommend another book this good?? Thank you in advance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina Okotoks, AB, Canada 01-07-13
    Sabrina Okotoks, AB, Canada 01-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a fan of the narrator - he whistles every "s""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, the narrator was too much, I would recommend my friend get a Kindle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was awesome!


    What three words best describe J.D. Jackson’s voice?

    Whistles every "s"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Minnie Bourque Denver, CO USA 01-07-13
    Minnie Bourque Denver, CO USA 01-07-13

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    "Riveting!"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Most definitely! I often read Grisham's books more than once and having this one as an audible book makes it even more appealing. This one was done so well...very entertaining.


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    Any other Grisham novel! I could compare it to a Robert Ludlum novel,


    due to the many twists and turns in the book. One did not know the outcome until the very last page I also enjoyed this audio book as much as The Help. Both performances by the readers were superb.


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

    The lead character. Malcolm Bannister.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made both my husband and I cry due to much laughter! It certainly made a long car trip more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the novel and audio version equally. Jackson did a marvelous job portraying all of the characters on spot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Arvada, Colorado, United States 01-07-13
    Wendy Arvada, Colorado, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Reliable"

    Always reliable. That's how I view John Grisham's books. I needed a book that would carry me through at least 6 hours of mindless work. I had 15 minutes to download so I picked this new release knowing it would be a sure thing. I've never been disapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-06-13
    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-06-13
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    "Another High Quality Grisham Novel"

    The narration in this book is some of the best I've heard. The story was full of intrigue and kept me guessing. Very well thought-out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sims 01-06-13
    D. Sims 01-06-13
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    "It was Okay"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    I really like Grisham. I am a little disappointed in this book, but I will certainly read more of his books. I don't normally look at who the narrator is, but the narrator cannot be faulted here.


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

    The ending was--not memorable. It was kind of a surprise, but one where you just shrugged and said, Oh!


    Was The Racketeer worth the listening time?

    Yes, if you wanted to kill some time, The Racketeer would do that for you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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