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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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    Ellie Schweber 11-04-12

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

    15 of 19 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 9 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 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Bug" from CA 10-30-12
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    "Another Grisham nail-biter!"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't read a Grisham book in a long time and discovered when I listened to this that I really missed him!


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

    The freedom to do my art work and get lost in a fantastic book.


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

    Not all one sitting but every time I was in my art room, it went on.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED it!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 02-02-13
    Kathleen 02-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Worth Your Time or Credit"

    I was very disappointed in this book. I did not like the characters at all, they were dull. The narration was blase. Overall, there was no passion, no interesting characters, no gripping story line.

    This book struck me as the 3rd book in a 3 book contract. Just get it done so that the author has completed his obligation.

    I know that Grisham has the talent, and that Jackson has a great voice. I believe that their future projects will be better.

    Don't let The Racketeer tempt you, just pass on this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Ragley, LA, United States 12-11-12
    James Ragley, LA, United States 12-11-12
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    "Worse Grisham book ever!"
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    I found it hard to follow after the first half and lost interest. My wife felt the same. We both are Grisham fans and have all of his books. We could not beleive he wrote it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I like mysterys. I will buy the next Grisham book because they are usally great.


    Did J.D. Jackson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The reader did a good job.


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

    Disappointment!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 11-10-12
    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Thrilling.....But Not Bad"

    The plot was slow to evolve, and at times a bit unbelievable.......the villains were difficult to identify, but once discovered became an interesting journey......the plot kept my interest.....with all the twists, turns, and new characters introduced....the ending was a bit ho-hum (big build up---big let down) ......over-all a fun, listen with good narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Marina del Rey, CA 10-27-12
    Amazon Customer Marina del Rey, CA 10-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    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.


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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-28-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Both Dull and Not Belivable"

    Usually a novel is either full of unrealistic action, suspense and over the top plot twists or it is very realistic, believable and boring. But this book manages to both.

    Spoiler Alert -- If two Americans who are traveling alone on a private jet deplane in Jamaica, the first one gets caught with 2 kilos of cocaine and a fake passport and the second one vanishes before anyone can question him, how is it that we are suppose to believe the second one is not going to be immediately suspected by the Jamaican authorities of having been involved or at least be sought for questioning?. Of course this is the somehow the best scheme the main character could come up with to get the first one in trouble but the second one who is the main character, while somehow not even being concerned that it might not work.The plane, the cocaine and even Jamaica all had nothing to do with anything except to fulfill this ridiculousness plan. It took half the book to set this up and this is the payoff?

    Anyways, this read is very disappointing. I will definitely think twice before buying another Grisham novel again.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan 08-18-13
    jonathan 08-18-13

    Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Always... I am a slow reader, and I can multi-task while listening to the best literature available. The narrator gives an interpretation in his reading I might not benefit from my own reading.


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

    There are few books similar to this one. It is a story of culture, namely AfroAmerican culture. Mr. Grisham displays a rare talent: a white man telling a black man's story, frankly, unabashidly, and truthfully. All in a plot that twists, turns and wrenches the reader through all the prejudices of our society.
    It is a legal epic that starts with the murder of a Federal Judge and the incarceration of an innocent (more or less) of a small time black lawyer. Angry, powerless, humble, and so dedicated to exonerate himself from the frame up he has been victimized by. The plot line is thorough and huge. A great read for all but well read bigots.


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

    He embodied the main character, soft spoken and intelligent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was phenominal.


    Any additional comments?

    A rare gem in the long list of Grisham's legal mind games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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