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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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies
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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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It's a long story.

©2012 Belfry Holdings Inc (P)2012 Random House Audio Inc

What the Critics Say

"Grisham is brilliantly comic in a novel that is full of zest and brimming with memorable characters and rich storylines." (The Sunday Times)

"Superbly plotted legal thriller." (Sunday Express)

"The best thriller writer alive" (Ken Follett, Evening Standard)

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    catherine 05-06-13
    catherine 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great, easy to listen to, intriguing story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    Very clear audio recording, very clear story. Kept me intrigued to the very end.


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

    All of it.


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

    Clear, well spoken. No annoying bits.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Underberg, South Africa 04-13-13
    Linda Underberg, South Africa 04-13-13
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Had it been a hardcover, I wouldn't have been able to put it down. I highly recommend it - Grisham is a great storyteller. The story is excellent, plenty of twists in the tale. The narration was very good, so overall I'm going to give this 5/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 04-08-13
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 04-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious second half, awful."

    I liked the narrator and the first half is not bad. The second half is just annoying. Most of the second half is just endless detail and the conclusion just does not work. This is one of my bottom five audio books. I really liked some of Grisham's other books, but I wish I could turn back time and skip this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mackenzie 02-04-13
    Mackenzie 02-04-13
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    "His best so far"

    A compelling listen as the tension builds and the plot unfolds. One of his best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gamuchirai Edenvale, South Africa 01-07-13
    Gamuchirai Edenvale, South Africa 01-07-13
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story as usual


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    The Rain Maker. First person narrative


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

    Phonetics


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quinn's interrogation


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read! Oh, is it a must listen instead?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Manie Florida, USA 01-07-13
    Manie Florida, USA 01-07-13
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    "One of Grisham's best"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    Great Unique Plot


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    Grisham's "Testament" as it keeps you guessing until the end


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

    He is one of the best. Read with enthusiasm.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments of intrigue


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 12-13-12
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 12-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Quite good."

    I do enjoy a good plot and this story has one I liked. The narration is good, so thanks.

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    Constance 09-21-14
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Yes! Great story..some courtroom drama would have been good but overall, fantastic.


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

    He accurately captured each mood and the essence of the characters


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

    There were moments of surprise and quite a few smiles


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Australia 01-29-13
    Meredith Australia 01-29-13
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    "ordered audible book by mistake"
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    i would have enjoyed actually reading the book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i dont know if i like this book as i have not read it yet and i am not hearing impaired so i will not listen to it


    Any additional comments?

    i am new to kindle and i will need to be more careful when ordering books.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Marcus
    United Kingdom
    3/15/13
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    "Grisham... not great"

    This was my first Grisham novel and I'm sorry to say I have been disappointed, it will most probably be my last. This book is dull, slow and tedious, it is also padded out with out with a plethora of superfluous detail. The characters are also hard to connect with and if you don't care about the characters there is little reason for you to keep listening for 12 hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roy
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    12/19/12
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    "John Grisham on excellent form as usual"

    A great listen, Grisham never fails to deliver and this one is no exception. Thoroughly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
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    6/28/13
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    "Very disappointing"

    Read all of his previous books and was really looking forward to this. Big let down. Daft unbelievable story. Bad all round. Can't believe I wasted money and time on it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • brian
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom
    2/22/13
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    "Not his best"

    The plot is weak and the ending predicable. I really enjoyed it until the halfway point but once I guessed the ending it was a case of going through the motions. Fans of the author maybe a little disappointed and interestingly the authors note at the end made me feel like it was a novel to fulfill part of a book deal.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Kingswood, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Easy reading at its best"

    Some books just suck you in and take you with them and in true Grisham style, this book did just that. The plot starts with our protagonist in jail but we quickly learn that it's not where he should be and the remaining question is how will he unravel the situation and reclaim his life? To say more would be to spoil the plot but the clever twists and turns keep the book moving nicely from beginning to end. Grisham is a master of his genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    St. Helens, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Good story"

    The latest from John Grisham is a good story and has a number of unexpected twists. I read the book first and then listened to the audio. The audio narration added an extra dimension to the story and helped bring out aspects I had missed while reading. I would recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Gripping legal thriller"

    The twists and the turns of this legal thriller are amazing to say the least. It is well delivered with clear pronunciation and emphasis on the right words to give the reader a gripping book to listen to and read at the same time. John Grisham as usual delivers in his typical style another book that readers can enjoy reading or listening based on their preference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stu
    6/23/15
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    "A different Grisham Novel"

    Different to other novels by Grisham. But well worth the buy. I listened to iron 2 1/2 days. I couldn't turn it off.


    The twists keep coming...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kainic
    6/15/15
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    "Great book"

    Great book really enjoyed it. This was my first John Grisham book and I would definitely recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kent
    6/3/15
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    "Very good"

    Listened to it while commuting to work and couldn't wait to get back in car to hear next part. Not as good as last book hence the 4 stars but still very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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