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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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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-26-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply Awesome"

    I loved The Racketeer. I have always felt John Grisham is the best at this type book and he seems to prove it with each new book. I have to say when I got this book I was in a slump. I have not been able to find a book that just grabbed me. Instead I have been reading good stuff but not great. listened to the book in one night and had to suffer the next day but boy was it worth it.

    The Racketeer is vintage Grisham, with legal wrangling, murder, theft, and a story line to amaze. The main character Max was another super smart lawyer that has been wrongly convicted of a crime. Max and several other convicts spend two years planning the revenge on the federal government. Oh, and there is also millions of dollars at stake. Grisham uses the plot to fool you into the anticipating what the conclusion will be. By the time you realize the plot is not moving in the way you thought it would, boom the book is almost over. Grisham ends the book by telling you what happens to the main chracters and that really works for me. I cannot stand a book that leaves you wanting an explanation. I did think Grisham left out the ending for the unlikely bad guy. Did he die or go to jail, I do not know but would have liked to have known.

    J.D. Jackson was the narrator and as always did a great job. I truely like to listen to his voice and it always makes the book better.

    33 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-27-12
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-27-12 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    This story had lawyers, criminals, victims, bad guys, good guys and the usual cast found in Grisham novels. But it wasn't typical Grisham. I think the story was so far fetched that it seemed like the work of another author. Everything had to fall into place and, of course, everything did. What I liked about the story is that I wasn't able to guess what the blazes was going on until Grisham slowly revealed it. Thus my interest was piqued throughout. But the aspect that I liked was also the aspect I disliked. There was no way to really do any sleuthing with this one. You simply had to wait it out to see what would happen. Not great literature but an enjoyable listen.

    31 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 11-09-12
    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful"

    Seriously, this book is crap. If John Grisham actually wrote this, he should either be ashamed or just quit writing. It's pedestrian, predictable and silly. I have vowed NEVER to buy another book by him as in addition to having no real story to tell, he appears to be adding useless details to increase his word count. If you like books in this genre read Gone Girl which actually has real twists and suspense. This has a dull, ponderous generic narrative. Don't bother.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ellie Schweber 11-04-12

    Bronx NY

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    "Unbelieveable and hard to follow"
    Any additional comments?

    The whole plot seemed to be too contrived. The latter parts were hard to follow and not really believable

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret University Place, WA, United States 11-04-12
    Margaret University Place, WA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"

    What could have been a fascinating story about race, the law, and personal identity goes....nowhere. Unrealistic plot and uninteresting characters. Hard to believe that a Grisham book could be this tedious.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 10-24-12
    Scott 10-24-12
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    "Listen to this one at 2 x speed"
    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grisham is always top notch and like so many listeners, once I start, I can never put down his stories. But while J.D. Jackson is the pitch-perfect narrator for this audiobook, playing it at 2 x speed really helped me stay with his otherwise over-comtemplative pace.


    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 01-15-13
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    "Not Grisham's Best"

    While I was pretty captivated by the plot, I still didn't think this was one of Grisham's best. I suppose it's still worth a listen though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen 11-26-12
    Pegeen 11-26-12

    reading is pure joy

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    "Half way thru, I did n't care anymore."
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    JD Jackson has a warm , believable voice; good pacing.
    Story line becomes technical and boring and unbelievable.


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

    nope


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

    warm tone, varied pace, clarity.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    first third was good.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley 11-07-12
    Stanley 11-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Formulaic Grisham, not one of his better works"
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    A more believable plot


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sutton


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

    Way to deliberate


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Racketeer?

    The Jamaican police choosing to arrest one drug trafficker and ignoring the other


    Any additional comments?

    I think Mr Grisham must have been behind on his commitments to his publisher. This author could write this story in his sleep; we expect more when we see Grisham's name on the cover. Come on John, you owe us one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BradBradshaw Marina del Rey, CA 10-27-12
    BradBradshaw Marina del Rey, CA 10-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What happened?"
    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    What happened to my - until now - favorite author? I only hope he did not write this book himself. Because it's a scary thought that he did. It could only mean that with age a man's humor and common sense, no matter how compelling, become as frail as his muscles and reading his new books turns into one big yawn, on a par with watching him lifting weights.


    14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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