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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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    amar Newark, NJ, United States 11-13-12
    amar Newark, NJ, United States 11-13-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "good listen."

    This is a typical John Grisham book. It is thrilling and suspensful. I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Au Gres, Mi, United States 11-13-12
    Nancy Au Gres, Mi, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "great mystery"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    no..I don't reread books


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

    when I didn't figure it out before


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    HE is the BEST reader of books yet....


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

    yes..but just couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    the reader..JD Jackson is so much better than the reader of the Litigator...he reads far far tooo fast

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 11-12-12
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Another Lawyer But Not The Usual Grisham Style"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put it in the top 15. I bought this book because it was written by John Grisham and I've read all of his books. I didn't like it as much as the others but it is still a good read. It didn't grab me immediately like his other books did. I found Malcolm Bannister not very likeable and that made it hard for me to care about what happened to him. But, as the story progresses, I began to see some good points and then the story twisted and turned and got exciting by the 2nd part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmmm. I can't think of a single character that stands out besides Bannister. Vanessa was a good sister as it turned out.


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

    J.D. Jackson was superb in playing Bannister so that character would have to be my favorite even though he wasn't very likeable until the very end.


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

    Grisham's Attorney Not His Usual Good Guy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    camerartsAW Westport, CT, United States 11-12-12
    camerartsAW Westport, CT, United States 11-12-12
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    "The VERY BEST GRISHAM EVER!!"

    Having read everything that John Grisham has written this is, hands down,his best work to date.From the first moment to the last word I could not stop listening to the story
    J.D.Jackson reading carries the emotion of the work.
    It is going to be hard to top.
    My only suggestion is READ IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena San Clemente, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Lorena San Clemente, CA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Pretty Good"
    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    The Racketeer is a good story that you won't want to put down. Having said that, I would just like to add that, for me, this was not John Grisham's best work. Again the story was good but the interactions between characters was not as strong as I have come to expect from this great author.


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    Mike Gillick Canon City, CO USA 11-12-12
    Mike Gillick Canon City, CO USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "My first 1 star review"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A reasonably intelligent and interesting story.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    I read all of Grisham's work. I will be more selective in the future.I understand I am reading fiction, but this story is absurd.


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    Main one first, then all the others.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth a comment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Hingham, Ma, United States 11-12-12
    Jonathan Hingham, Ma, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good yarn, typical Grisham"

    Grisham takes a different tact in this book. A lawyer in jail (hmmm) entertaining but the narration is slow and plodding. The book is predictable, including the ending, but it is an enjoyable story for a long trip in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delah 11-11-12
    Delah 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Which came first... the books or the glasses?

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    "Just OKKKKKKK"

    The story was just OOOKKKKK. Thank goodness for the narration of J.D. Jackson or I would not have been able to finish the story. The plot was rather slow and plodding. The narration by J.D. Jackson took the story to a higher level than the story alone could have done. The story had just enough of a good plot to keep me listening but if it weren't for J.D. I would have stopped before the ending for sure.

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    Art 11-11-12
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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