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The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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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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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-15-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of John Grisham's Best"

    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.

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    betteann 11-15-12
    betteann 11-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed Very Much"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With all the best Grishams.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Malcom is sympathetic


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

    Henry


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

    Payback is not a bitch but becoming rich


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommend

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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 11-14-12
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    was not a big fan of the narrator, not bad, just not up to the level expected


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jeff SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 11-14-12
    Jeff SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I was expecting a little more. Sad to say."
    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    The narrator matched very nicely the character.
    The story was very predictable, you could easily figure out what had transpired along the way.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A plot twist or two, a surprise ending, some drama.


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

    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.


    Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not unless Grisham, pens a suspenseful, dramatic, portrayal of men who are incarcerated, desperate, and riveting.


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    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 11-13-12
    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best Grisham"

    The first half of the book seemed like good ole Grisham: details on the prison system-stats etc. But all of sudden it was like listening to a different author. An implausible dog leg in the story. Unlike most Grisham novels there isn't the character you root for, that you want to see win. Makes one wonder if, as our favorite authors age, do they have trouble coming up with the great stories that bolstered their early careers. its an uneventful book that cant hold a candle to works like The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Pelican Brief etc. The Racketeer is forgettable.

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    Karen United States 11-13-12
    Karen United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Another Grisham winner!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    This is a little tedious, but nevertheless a good read.


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

    Very well done delivery.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable read although sometimes I felt like pulling the narrator along a little so the book didn't seem quite so slow.

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

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    "good listen."

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

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    Nancy Au Gres, Mi, United States 11-13-12
    Nancy Au Gres, Mi, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2016
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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

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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.


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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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