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
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..
At first I thought the voice of JD was too slow, but then I loved it. I enjoyed the twists in the book and was kept wondering until the end as to what ta hell was going on. :) read it..
Grisham is a great story teller, every time. I always look forward to his work.
This is a very good book. I enjoy listening to it. I could follow the narrator because his reading was clear.
Swinging the deal with the federal government
So far, the transformation of the main character into another person. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
it was just very interesting!
Yes. Narration was excellent! Really felt like th eprotaginist was telling the story.
Yes I would. A fun read / listen that is entertaining without taking itself too serious.
A colorful, personal telling of the tale.
Yes, when Malcolm / Max first experiences the simple pleasures of freedom.
Of the thousands of mystery/suspense books I've read or listened to, this is the absolute best! Won't spoil it for you but this is definitely my favorite!
This book is the first of John Grisham's books I have read for quite some time. Several years ago I had read some of his first books and enjoyed them tremendously. At the time i read his book, 'The Firm' I became fascinated by reading fiction dealing concerning the legal profession. I find this book to be one of his best along those lines. It is about a man who lost his license to practice law because he was sentenced to prison for engaging in racketeering.
The story is filed with mystery, intrigue and kept me guessing the whole way through. The characters were very defined and it was easy to relate to them. The twists and turns of the story added to the suspense.
The narrator was very good and added to the listening experience. i don't remember ever listening to him narrating any of the many other audiobooks.
I recommend this book to all who enjoy mystery and suspense novels and to those that are interested in reading about stories with a twist set in the legal field or prison system.
With all the best Grishams.
Malcom is sympathetic
Payback is not a bitch but becoming rich
I would pass, I enjoyed it somewhat, but was hoping it would get good. This author has given us great reads in the past, but this does not live up to his prior books.
was not a big fan of the narrator, not bad, just not up to the level expected
I really wanted to like this book. I found it ok and somewhat enjoyable, but felt that it just could have been better. He has done great work in the past and I look forward to his next one, which will hopefully be better.
The narrator matched very nicely the character.
The story was very predictable, you could easily figure out what had transpired along the way.
A plot twist or two, a surprise ending, some drama.
J.D. Jackson was the best thing about the listen. He seemed very believable. At the same time many of the characters in the book sounded very similar.
No, not unless Grisham, pens a suspenseful, dramatic, portrayal of men who are incarcerated, desperate, and riveting.
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