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
Of the thousands of mystery/suspense books I've read or listened to, this is the absolute best! Won't spoil it for you but this is definitely my favorite!
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.
With all the best Grishams.
Malcom is sympathetic
Payback is not a bitch but becoming rich
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.
was not a big fan of the narrator, not bad, just not up to the level expected
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.
The narrator matched very nicely the character.
The story was very predictable, you could easily figure out what had transpired along the way.
A plot twist or two, a surprise ending, some drama.
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.
No, not unless Grisham, pens a suspenseful, dramatic, portrayal of men who are incarcerated, desperate, and riveting.
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.
This is a little tedious, but nevertheless a good read.
Very well done delivery.
Very enjoyable read although sometimes I felt like pulling the narrator along a little so the book didn't seem quite so slow.
no..I don't reread books
when I didn't figure it out before
HE is the BEST reader of books yet....
yes..but just couldn't
the reader..JD Jackson is so much better than the reader of the Litigator...he reads far far tooo fast
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.
Hmmm. I can't think of a single character that stands out besides Bannister. Vanessa was a good sister as it turned out.
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.
Grisham's Attorney Not His Usual Good Guy.
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