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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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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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  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    2/27/13
    Overall
    "Outstanding"

    This was not an easy buy as the first chapter in the example was a little dull, or so I thought.... gave it a chance and wow what a twist and turning story, superbly narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Silverdale, United Kingdom
    2/5/13
    Overall
    "cant believe how thin this plot is...."

    This starts off really well, intriguing as you know that something is going to happen.... I read the reviews and quite a few said they didnt see the ending coming.....dont let these reviews fool you.....ending, what ending, twist, what twist.....there are are no twists and turns, no last minute denouements.....dont waste your life listening to this. A lot of big name authors have gone seriously off the boil lately, they have obviously made their money and are just churning out the same old rubbish. I give this 2 stars for the 1st half when i imagined something exciting was going to happen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oli
    Kettering, United Kingdom
    1/25/13
    Overall
    "Enjoyable throughout"

    The was the first John Grisham novel that I read (listened to!). I will definitely be listening/reading more.



    The story is detailed but not overly complex, and believable throughout. The narrative style is clever, and this audiobook version is superbly read by J.D. Jackson.



    Like any novel there are twists and turns, this one didn't leave me stunned like say parts of some Dan Brown novels, and I'd figured it all out a good couple of hours before the end of the book. However this didn't really detract from the enjoyment, and I admittedly stayed awake until 4am to get to the end of the book rather than sleep!



    If you've never read a John Grisham novel, but say like Dan Brown, or other authors whose novels are exciting and involve the characters seemingly endlessly whizzing around from one place to another you'll enjoy it. It's probably not his best work, but it's a solid 4/5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    1/24/13
    Overall
    "Superb"

    Loved it from the minute it started - a lovely twist at the end! It was the first of many Grisham books I'll be downloading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Aaberg
    Virum, Denmark
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "a sorroughful complot"

    A very well thought and written plan and complot to catch a murderer and stolen goods. Against all oods, Grisham always finds a way to surprise us at the last minute. And htere's also a love story ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ROBERT
    CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Racketeer"

    This book is certainly different and starts with the main character serving a prison sentence in the USA. It is full of interesting 'twists and turns' as he comes up with a scheme for his release. It does, however, get a little 'bogged down' at times. Overall a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
    2/8/13
    Overall
    "Should have been great, but...."

    This started out good - a classic Grisham... but, and perhaps this is only me, I seemed to lose interest the more the book went on. I realise now that I just didn't warm to the lead character who seemed more than just a little smug with himself, his good fortune and, of course, his amazing cleverness... However, it is a very well narrated book, has very interesting plot and I am sure it will appeal to his many fans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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