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The Racketeer Audiobook
The Racketeer
Written by: 
John Grisham
Narrated by: 
J.D. Jackson
The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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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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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-28-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2016
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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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    "BL...ACTION"
    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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    marsha warrenton, va, United States 02-26-13
    marsha warrenton, va, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great twists and turns"

    thiller, lots of plot twists and turns, great characters. didnt want it to end! made a long car ride speed right way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 01-27-13
    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 01-27-13 Listener Since 2008

    jagumu

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Muller Maryland 01-07-13
    C. Muller Maryland 01-07-13
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    "The formula is still going strong"

    Anyone who has read "The Painted House" knows that John Grisham can write. This novel is more of the stamped out formula. The plot requires you to suspend reality to enjoy it and the characters are stylized paper thin. All leading to the heroic and implausible ending where the main character pulls off his complex scheme to get back at the authorities, has all the woman falling at his feet, and walks away rich. It's an alright yarn if you have some time to kill.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MARCIA 12-26-12
    MARCIA 12-26-12
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    "Least fav of all Grisham"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too long . Middle got boring


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    We have really liked most of them. Sure.


    What aspect of J.D. Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    Not much he reads well can definitely understand him


    Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie East Windsor, NJ, United States 12-14-12
    Leslie East Windsor, NJ, United States 12-14-12
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    "Good, But Not Up tp Grisham Standards"

    Grisham has set high standards in his previous books and, while this one has twists and turns, it is less well put together than some of the others. Although I liked the story, I felt the writing was a little lazy, and the ending seemed contrived.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill S. 12-13-12
    Bill S. 12-13-12

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    "Great Grisham"
    Any additional comments?

    Well thought-out, credible story. Fun Grisham read. Great narrator. Grisham fans won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thurman Canton, GA 11-22-12
    M. Thurman Canton, GA 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say it was time well spent. It dragged some in the begging and I wondered if this was going to be a waste of my time. Thankfully, it picked up. However, I should add that sometimes the story telling was a little "see Jack run" - elementary.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    Sure, I like John Grisham.


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

    No, I had not listened to J.D. Jackson before but I did enjoy his performance.


    Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I do not. I don't think it was good enough to have a follow-up.


    Any additional comments?

    This was no where near my favorite Grisham novel. Lots of it was more fantasy than fact, so that was a put off. I do however like that the person that was mistreated gets to tell his story in his own words. I won't say more than that so as to not spoil it for others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 11-18-12
    Sara 11-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Nowhere near Grisham's best"

    I was excited about this book due to all the glowing reviews but was disappointed once I listened to it. I figured out the big twist quite early in the story, which made the unbelievable plot even more so. The main character was unlikeable and the secondary characters were 2 dimensional. On top of that, the FBI of this book is a bunch of bumbling keystone cops who can't figure anything out (especially unbelievable after watching the Petraeus scandal unfold over the last week.). The worst part is there is actually a plot line in the book (uranium mines case), which would have made a great Grisham novel but he does nothing with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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