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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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    EARL LYNCH HANNIBAL, MISSOURI, US 01-14-13
    EARL LYNCH HANNIBAL, MISSOURI, US 01-14-13

    I enjoy the narrator as well as the story

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    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3rd


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

    not really


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

    Jailhouse lawyer


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

    to long for one sitting......I'm 81 years old and would fall asleep


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    Dennis United States 01-14-13
    Dennis United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    Once I got used to the switching of scenes, I enjoyed the climax, rather unsuspected on my part.


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    Ken 01-14-13
    Ken 01-14-13
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    "I don't know what all the fuss is about."
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    He did indeed say this is a work of fiction so take it at that. I don't know what the others who didn't have a kind word to say are so upset about unless they wanted this to be more true to life. I enjoyed this one as much as his other books. I spend on average 4 hours a day listening to books on tape and I found this one to be quite enjoyable.


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

    As a work of fiction the plot ids definately believable and kept you guessing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Getting the upper hand on the FBI.


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    Kim 01-14-13
    Kim 01-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Took us happily on a 20 hour overnight drive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a very entertaining book. We started in Ohio and ended in Florida and enjoyed it and it kept us awake through the night!


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

    yes


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

    good voice


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    Dave SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 01-14-13
    Dave SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 01-14-13
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    "Slow start but what a finish!"

    Took me a while to get into this read but after that I was hooked. Well worth the time - kept you wondering.

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    Scott LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 01-12-13
    Scott LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book wasn't for me. The story developed too slowly, was unbelievable, nonsensical, and had a predictable ending.


    Has The Racketeer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book tuned me off of this author combined with this performer. I have enjoyed other Grisham novels but this one will make me think twice before selecting another audio book by him.


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

    boredom


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    J. Vonnegut North Carolina 01-12-13
    J. Vonnegut North Carolina 01-12-13 Member Since 2005

    Cidraider

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    "Disappointing"

    I'm a Grisham fan, but this latest work was very disappointing. Lacked his normal punch and listening was more of a grind, just to get it done. Story line was more than a little far fetched in my opinion. Narration was slow, halting, and detracted from the story. Don't waste your time.

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    Dottie United States 01-11-13
    Dottie United States 01-11-13

    I am a retired RN in New York State and love, lobe, love James Patterson books!

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    "Another John Grisham mystery"

    Loved the intrigue. Kept me guessing till the end. Every character well developed and surprising. Will read more of his.

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    Matthew 01-10-13
    Matthew 01-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good plot/narration, took a while to get there"
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    Yes, the plot was good. I thought the middle dragged out a little bit and have a tough time trying to figure out what is going on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I think the movie would be easier to deliver the story.


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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. : <

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