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
Grisham takes a different tact in this book. A lawyer in jail (hmmm) entertaining but the narration is slow and plodding. The book is predictable, including the ending, but it is an enjoyable story for a long trip in the car.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
The story was just OOOKKKKK. Thank goodness for the narration of J.D. Jackson or I would not have been able to finish the story. The plot was rather slow and plodding. The narration by J.D. Jackson took the story to a higher level than the story alone could have done. The story had just enough of a good plot to keep me listening but if it weren't for J.D. I would have stopped before the ending for sure.
This is one of the best I have listened to in awhile.
I loved the fact that Grisham did such a good job of not giving a clue as to the outcome.
The feds are out to get him.
It is a little different that his usual books but so many twists and turns, I could not stop listening!
Contrived: too many loose ends. I am still not convinced that the silly story was not made worse by the reader.
Robotic monotone reading. My computer failed to complete the download on the final CD. This book is so bad that I don't even care because the characters aren't interesting enough to make me want to finish the book. Grisham was once a force to be reckoned with in the legal thrillers gendre. The Firm is a true classic. He needs to find a new profession. I would not waste my time or money on another Grisham: too many good, sharp writers today!
Any and all; unbelievable
What more can I say
There are few consistant, interesting, informative, and entertaining writers that I never get tired of and John Grisham is one of them. His writing voice is one I always find easy to hear and that makes his characters likeable. I always also learn something new about our legal system and it's usually not pretty.
Luckily Grisham novels always have great readers that highlight the power of his words.
J. D. Jackson reads so slowly I felt myself age as I listened. This audiobook ranks at the bottom of my list.
Couldn't make it to the ending. I'm old and don't have that much time to waste.
Jackson should listen to Gerald Doyle to learn how to read an audiobook.
Please don't use this narrator again.
For those of you who think he never left, let me refer you to "The Litigators," which I am sure was ghost written with or by someone else. But this "The Racketeer" is great.
It's great within the genre. It is pure entertainment -- a page turner, the kind of plot you want to believe but almost cannot. By the midpoint, if you haven't figured out the keystone to the whole thing, it's okay, because the unfolding is great fun. Even if you did figure it out, it is fun watching the details fall into place. The pace of the revelations is careful and effective.
If I have one criticism, it's Bannister's dealings with Nathan. There is something unnecessary there, and I find the disturbance-level to be a little bit outside the genre. There is an underlying beat of "revenge" in this story, but really there is no revenge and there is certainly no revenge to be had on Nathan. The violence and the flip treatment of the guy is a tad overboard. I expected a justification for Bannister's treatment of him, but none was there.
Except for those portions, the book is a romp -- a smug, high-stakes caper replete with shady characters and likeable bad guys and a pinch of environmentalism added to its appeal. It sort of feels like a 1980s episode of Miami Vice. Cars, boats, and private planes.
The narrator nailed the attitude of the main character/narrator. At first, I thought it was going too slow, as others have mentioned, but in time, I fell into the cadence of the reader and found his voice pleasant and appropriate. He attempted no stupid female intonations, and that was a good thing.
There are some odd things that don't quite line up for me in the plot. I found Bannister's meeting Vanessa in the prison visiting room a little unlikely. When they get together the first night, they act like long-time lovers. I also find the FBI's stupidity a little too cliché and convenient. The original deal struck between them and Bannister seemed too sweet, too quick and very unlikely, though I may be wrong and these things may really go that way.
The ensemble of characters is interesting but very much kept in the background of Bannister. Of course the woman is gorgeous, but they and some other background people who help facilitate the ordeal are nearly nameless and very forgettable.
I guess the takeaways here would be -- trust no one and Robin Hood was not a crook.
Too long probably would have have made a great short story
I like his work have read almost all his books but this one would make me think twice before I buy another one
all were good
If he's not going to put the time in then don't write anymore ,I got the feeling he was filling pages much as I did in high school with a 300 word essay, I feel cheated because I know he has done better.
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
Voice was slow, but pace of the narrative was slower. All manageable for a GREAT story, but I struggled to feel much sympathy for the hero.
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