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The Racketeer | [John Grisham]

The Racketeer

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.... 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Art 11-11-12
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    "What a twist!"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best I have listened to in awhile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that Grisham did such a good job of not giving a clue as to the outcome.


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The feds are out to get him.


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    Linda LOVELOCK, NV, United States 11-10-12
    Linda LOVELOCK, NV, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I love Grisham."
    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    It is a little different that his usual books but so many twists and turns, I could not stop listening!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definitely


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    CLTEEPLE@AOL.COM Kent Lakes, New York 11-10-12
    CLTEEPLE@AOL.COM Kent Lakes, New York 11-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Do Not Waste Your Time"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    No


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    Contrived: too many loose ends. I am still not convinced that the silly story was not made worse by the reader.


    What didn’t you like about J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    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!


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    Any and all; unbelievable


    Any additional comments?

    What more can I say

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 11-10-12
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "John Grisham is always on top of his Game"

    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.

    Great listen.

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    David San Francisco, CA, United States 11-10-12
    David San Francisco, CA, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Caution! The narrator will put you to sleep."
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    J. D. Jackson reads so slowly I felt myself age as I listened. This audiobook ranks at the bottom of my list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Couldn't make it to the ending. I'm old and don't have that much time to waste.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jackson should listen to Gerald Doyle to learn how to read an audiobook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Heavens no!


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't use this narrator again.

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 11-09-12
    P. Giorgio Illinois 11-09-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Grisham is back!"

    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.


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    Thomas usa 11-08-12
    Thomas usa 11-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    Too long probably would have have made a great short story


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    I like his work have read almost all his books but this one would make me think twice before I buy another one


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

    all were good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    TR Jensen Salt Lake City, Utah 11-08-12
    TR Jensen Salt Lake City, Utah 11-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Just a curious guy who travels the world.

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    "Um ... Not great"

    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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    Janels 11-08-12
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    "Vintage Grisham, with a twist"

    Thank goodness Grisham has realized that he should write about what he knows best--legal thrillers. This isn't just a rerun of typical legal thriller plots; it's better, deeper, and has a different type of protagonist. He lays out most of the groundwork and clues well, but the ending caught me by surprise. You can't go into this with any preconceptions--he knocks them all down. A great listen, even though I wasn't sure at first that I liked the narrator. I soon realized that the voice did a great job of personifying the protagonist.

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    Mary United States 11-07-12
    Mary United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    The story was so contrived that I lost interest in the characters. I found myself not caring at all about their actions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Yes, I generally enjoy Grisham novels.


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

    None of them. The performance was good, but the story was tedious.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Racketeer?

    An abridged version might be more tolerable. The scenes shift so often that it is truly unbelievable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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