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
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.
Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota
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.
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.
He embodied the main character, soft spoken and intelligent.
The ending was phenominal.
A rare gem in the long list of Grisham's legal mind games.
thiller, lots of plot twists and turns, great characters. didnt want it to end! made a long car ride speed right way.
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.
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.
Too long . Middle got boring
We have really liked most of them. Sure.
Not much he reads well can definitely understand him
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.
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.
Sure, I like John Grisham.
No, I had not listened to J.D. Jackson before but I did enjoy his performance.
No, I do not. I don't think it was good enough to have a follow-up.
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.
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.
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