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The Racketeer Audiobook

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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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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    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 01-27-13
    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 01-27-13 Listener Since 2008

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    "Greatly enjoyed the story"

    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.

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    Miss Pearlie North Carolina 01-25-13
    Miss Pearlie North Carolina 01-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It just never went anywhere"

    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.

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    William L. Cromley 01-24-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Improbable...but fun"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Kindle Customer 01-24-13 Member Since 2016

    Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, compelling, intriguing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - so glad it didn't go down the road I thought (off the rails.)


    Any additional comments?

    Great protagonist. Rooted for him the entire time. One of John Grisham's best IMHO.

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    Donald E. Glick New Holland, PA United States 01-22-13
    Donald E. Glick New Holland, PA United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Grisham does it again!"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Grisham style!


    Any additional comments?

    In his typical fashion, Grisham once again creates a novel of suspense that will keep you engaged from start to finish.

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    "Story seemed to drag, maybe it was the performance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story just never seemed to get off the ground for me and I'm a big fan of Grisham usually.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    I think it was the performance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was slow.


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    Mary V 01-21-13
    Mary V 01-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    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.

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    Gwen Mitchell Moscow, ID United States 01-20-13
    Gwen Mitchell Moscow, ID United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, boring reader"

    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.

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    Sajol El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 01-18-13
    Sajol El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 01-18-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Keeps you in your seat"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing story that threads its way in a way that doesn't loose your attention


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    when one of the players found himself in Jamaica without a passport


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

    Yes


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Juanita Middletown, DE, United States 01-18-13
    Juanita Middletown, DE, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    I felt as though I was going through the experience with the protagonist.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I felt very anxious as the story developed.


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

    Malcolm Bannister


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The turn around.


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