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
I had stopped reading Grisham some years ago as for me he had become too formulaic. Lawyers, crime, just change the sex, age or colour of the lead and there's your story. I decided to end that moratorium and give him another go. Overall the novel was gripping with plenty of twists and turns making you turn on your latent 'Sherlock Holmes' to solve the who, what, where and why of The Racketeer. I found, however, that at the conclusion I was left wanting one more twist or turn. Good but not great! I also found that the narrator was a little monotone to my hearing. All said and done I will read Grishams' next novel but I won't be twisting and turning in my sleep waiting for it!
Yes, I'm a Grisham fan.
I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy this book new and in hardback. It's ok as a summer read by the pool or on a long flight, but the plot was just too good to be true and fairly unremarkable.
It was a bit stilted.
A plot that might seem CLOSE to reality.
Yes, he has written some really good stuff... especially the Painted House and I cannot say enough good about the book Bleachers. Both were excellent as are several others. The Innocent Man was incredible. I KNOW more excellent books are to come.
He was ok but very slow. I read a review that said he listened on x2 and that would have been better.
I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well
The plot is interesting; how can a convicted (although innocent) lawyer get out of prison and become rich at the same time? The problem is that the telling of the story involves too much unbelievable human reactions. For example, would you believe that a US customs official - the guys who check your passport when you enter this country from a trip abroad - would let you in on your old passport after you have had so much plastic surgery that you are "unrecognizable?" We are told that the customs official is white, and since our protagonist is black, the official lets him into the country, since white people think "all black people look alike." I cannot believe that in a work of fiction. Would you believe that a young woman could deter two hillbillies from entering a house by taking off her blouse and bra? This embarassed the hillbillies so much that they left, even though their friend - the guy they are looking for - is in the methamphetamine business? I don't believe that, either. Fiction needs to be believable. And this plot is not.
Most disappointing is the lack of believability, as mentioned. But I have to say that the story is boring as well. It goes on and on with details that are, well, just not connected to character or to story.
I have not listened to any of this narrator's work before. I have to say he did a very good job with challenging material. I actually felt sorry for him several times, having to read this stuff.
I'd say that narration was redeeming. But that's about it.
I really liked the early Grisham; but this is my last one.
This book is a unique, unusual and intriguing thriller. Grisham uses his legal knowledge in a new and addictive way – he can pace a thriller like no other writer. I like the narrator, and think over time he will be a 5 star, but at the moment the pace is just a bit too slow. Well worth the listen ~ S
John Grisham still has what it takes to grab me at the first page and keep my attention. I have never been disappointed with anything he has written. This book stands well next to the Bretheren, and the Client.
Yes, it was engaging, however, I agree with other reviewers that it moves slowly
Other Grisham books
Worth the listen but not as good as his classics. I would rate it actually about a 3.5
Mal, he had everything under control at all times.
His voice did not intrude, I usually knew who was speaking and it made the telling flow.
I can't wait for Grisham's next book! My favorite author
... the plot is a little one-dimensional. I would recommend this as light enjoyment, but would not classify it as Grisham's finest hour.
I love the work of John Grisham
Chapter 1 to 27 is a perfect Grisham..but then ....
Mr. jackson did a overall very good job, his up there among the best
It made me annoyed, because after chap 27 i just did not know what way the storry
took,, it seemed like a whole new story until it opened up round chap 40 something
maybe its just me, but i like to know where the story goes. its most irritating to wonder..
What is this..where does this fit in the story..
But at the end it all falls into place ,,and its a good story..
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