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The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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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 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Stephanie Glick New Holland, PA United States 01-22-13
    Stephanie 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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    Jan 01-22-13
    Jan 01-22-13
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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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    "Fun Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Mitchell Moscow, ID United States 01-20-13
    Gwen Mitchell Moscow, ID United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2016
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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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    "The Racketeer"
    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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    Kathleen 01-17-13
    Kathleen 01-17-13
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    "Pointless"
    Would you recommend The Racketeer to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't recommend to friends. The book was overly confusing yet predictable. He can write much better than this


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    Ethel San Antonio, TX, United States 01-17-13
    Ethel San Antonio, TX, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Story seems drawn out"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story seem to ramble on. Parts of it too boring.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How the lawyer got away with everything he did.


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Could you see The Racketeer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Denzel Washington


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ToddGreer Mobile, AL 01-15-13
    ToddGreer Mobile, AL 01-15-13 Member Since 2016

    A consumer of mystery, business, and social science books. Everyday means a new book and new learning!

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    "Its been a while, but this was classic Grisham!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me going for a while, but the narrator and the characters are what carried me to the end. After about half or two-thirds of the way through the book the end became apparent, but your love for the characters and J.D. Jackson's narration bring you through to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    J.D. Jackson is now one of my favs! Fantastic voice and wonderful job vocally preparing the reader for Grisham's writing.

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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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    "Part 2 has all the suspense and drama"
    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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