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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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    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 2011
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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 Petersham, Australia 02-04-13
    Mackenzie Petersham, Australia 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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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 Member Since 2012
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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 Member Since 2006
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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 2012
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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.

    1 of 2 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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  • 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
  • Helen
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A bit long winded"

    This book is well read but I found it a bit too meandering. If I lost total concentration (which I tend to do) I would sometimes be completely lost with what was going on and have to rewind it! After keeping going I did find the last quarter of the book did grab me but I could of done without a lot of the first three quarters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    UK
    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy
    5/22/14
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    "An excellent story - kept me guessing til the end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max Baldwin - a very cool guy, he played a clever game and slowly as the book came to the end it all unravelled and made me chuckle!


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Flint
    dorking, UK
    4/28/14
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    "disappointed"
    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    Was so surprised at the rambling nature of this plot - really unlike a true Grisham. Almost like it was written by someone else. I persevered to the end but do not rate it highly at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom
    4/25/14
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    "Excellent story - made me want to get to the end"

    I really enjoyed this book. Like one of the other reviewers, I had been avoiding John Grisham books as the last one that I read/listened to was full of too much repetitive detail and a fairly mundane plot. This book however, was completely different. I kept listening because I wanted to know what the next plot twist was going to be and unlike one of the other reviewers, I had no idea what was coming... I thought that the way the reader/listener was kept in the dark and details gradually revealed was a very clever device. Towards the end, I just waited for the next twist to be revealed and listened for as long as possible as the gaps got filled in. Very enjoyable read - would thoroughly recommend... My only complaint was the way that the narrator pronounced Antigua... (an-ti-gwa?) I've never heard it said like that before and it grated a bit, as unfortunately towards the end, that name came up on numerous occasions! But otherwise I thought that the reader was also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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