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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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    Carol D. Florida 11-07-12
    Carol D. Florida 11-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".

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    "Boring. Sounds like he's reading a textbook."
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    Very boring and depressing. Couldn't get past part one.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a different book!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Can't blame him. Story was hard to narrate. Read like a textbook.


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    Any and all.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. Not what I expected from John Grisham.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Lopez Island, WA, USA 11-06-12
    Patricia Lopez Island, WA, USA 11-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Racketeer Very LONG & Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story written by another author that writes with intrigue, adventure and surprises.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of J.D. Jackson’s performances?

    No, the narrator's voice puts the listener to sleep


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

    All, its to long and boring.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-06-12
    Frank Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An actual plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of J.D. Jackson’s performances?

    No


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

    from M.B.'s initial release to the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have already read the partner & the bretheren, don't wast your time with this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 11-03-12
    Mary 11-03-12
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    "Great Grisham!"

    A high-speed chase with no cars. A shoot-out with no guns.
    It's all about thinking ten steps ahead and outwitting the other side.
    Life is a game. Play it well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri carnation, WA, United States 10-28-12
    Sherri carnation, WA, United States 10-28-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "slow at first and then POW !! your hooked !"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Being a devout Grisham fan, I have high expectations. As usual, it took some ground work, but once the action and story started to unfold.....it was captivating! I cared about the characters and was intrigued and entertained as it all unfolded.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 10-27-12
    Mike 10-27-12
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    "One of Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read all of Grisham's adult books and this is one of the best. It has the usual twists and turns but this time you aren't in on the outcome for quite awhile.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Banister/Baldwin is the usual Grisham intelligent confident protagonist.


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

    Even timbre. He sounds like a story teller.


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

    I just wanted it to keep going so I would know what happened.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C 04-08-15
    C 04-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The racketeer John Grisham"

    As always John Grisham has woven an intricate story, yet made it interesting and easy to follow. the main character is a brilliant strategist it is his telling of the story that weaves intrigued page by page. thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Wilson Corona, CA 04-01-15
    S. Wilson Corona, CA 04-01-15

    Picky Buyer

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    "Fun typical Grisham novel"

    A good read or listen 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 worth the read fun a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 03-25-15
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    The ending!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't figure out the ending until the end.


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

    Can't remember as it has been too long.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 03-25-15
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    this was great book it kept me engaged foe the whole read. I could not stop listening John Grisham is the bomb.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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