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
Thank goodness Grisham has realized that he should write about what he knows best--legal thrillers. This isn't just a rerun of typical legal thriller plots; it's better, deeper, and has a different type of protagonist. He lays out most of the groundwork and clues well, but the ending caught me by surprise. You can't go into this with any preconceptions--he knocks them all down. A great listen, even though I wasn't sure at first that I liked the narrator. I soon realized that the voice did a great job of personifying the protagonist.
The story was so contrived that I lost interest in the characters. I found myself not caring at all about their actions.
Yes, I generally enjoy Grisham novels.
None of them. The performance was good, but the story was tedious.
An abridged version might be more tolerable. The scenes shift so often that it is truly unbelievable.
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".
Very boring and depressing. Couldn't get past part one.
Written a different book!
Can't blame him. Story was hard to narrate. Read like a textbook.
Any and all.
Very disappointing. Not what I expected from John Grisham.
The story written by another author that writes with intrigue, adventure and surprises.
No, the narrator's voice puts the listener to sleep
All, its to long and boring.
An actual plot.
from M.B.'s initial release to the very end.
If you have already read the partner & the bretheren, don't wast your time with this one.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Grisham came up with a bit of a different story than he has in the past. This book is all fiction with an interesting plot. An attorney is in Federal prison for 10 years for racketeering but his claims he is not guilty. I will not give the story away but it will take you on a twisted story, just as I thought I knew where Grisham was taking the story it all changed. Lots of drama, suspense and some humor. J.D. Jackson did a good job with the southern accents. This book will keep you listening.
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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.
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.
Banister/Baldwin is the usual Grisham intelligent confident protagonist.
Even timbre. He sounds like a story teller.
I just wanted it to keep going so I would know what happened.
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.
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