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The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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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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    S. 11-18-12
    S. 11-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Intriguing, unusual thriller -"

    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

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    lucky clover 11-18-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Still a Star"

    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.

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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 11-17-12
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 11-17-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Good but a little slow"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Yes, it was engaging, however, I agree with other reviewers that it moves slowly


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    Other Grisham books


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

    Malcomb


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His release


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen but not as good as his classics. I would rate it actually about a 3.5

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    peter 11-17-12
    peter 11-17-12
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    "Riveting -Storytelling at it's best."
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    Very believable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mal, he had everything under control at all times.


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

    His voice did not intrude, I usually knew who was speaking and it made the telling flow.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for Grisham's next book! My favorite author

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    Mr Islesboro, Maine 11-17-12
    Mr Islesboro, Maine 11-17-12
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    "Good but....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    ... the plot is a little one-dimensional. I would recommend this as light enjoyment, but would not classify it as Grisham's finest hour.


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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-17-12
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A four or five star ???"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    I love the work of John Grisham


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chapter 1 to 27 is a perfect Grisham..but then ....


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

    Mr. jackson did a overall very good job, his up there among the best


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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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    CURTIS BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-16-12
    CURTIS BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-16-12
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    "Loved the book"
    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    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..


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    Amazon Customer THE VILLAGES, FL, United States 11-16-12
    Amazon Customer THE VILLAGES, FL, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    Grisham is a great story teller, every time. I always look forward to his work.

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    Leslyn 11-16-12
    Leslyn 11-16-12

    I enjoy reading!

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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    This is a very good book. I enjoy listening to it. I could follow the narrator because his reading was clear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    Swinging the deal with the federal government


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far, the transformation of the main character into another person. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was just very interesting!


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    Marc 11-16-12
    Marc 11-16-12

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    "A fun read with enjoyable twists"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Narration was excellent! Really felt like th eprotaginist was telling the story.


    Would you recommend The Racketeer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. A fun read / listen that is entertaining without taking itself too serious.


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A colorful, personal telling of the tale.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Malcolm / Max first experiences the simple pleasures of freedom.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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