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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 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 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Fred
  • woodbridge, VA, United States
  • 03-06-13

Not his best

First I must say that I am about halfway through the book. I have read about 95% of Grisham's works and have like each and every one. I am also aware that all of his books are slow to start while he introduces characters etc... But it's halfway through the book and so far this story is SO slow to develop I am tempted to switch to another book. It's not even like there are a lot of subplots to at least keep it interesting. There is only one thing going on and it is so slow in developing I have caught myself twice yelling at my radio to please get on with it LOL.

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Grisham always entertaining

Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

I think audio or print for this book would be equally as good.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

I always like Grisham books.

Any additional comments?

I love books like this for long family car trips.

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  • John
  • Tigard, OR, United States
  • 03-04-13

Great Performance, story needed a better editor

What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

The performance by the reader

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Yes

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

No

Any additional comments?

Grisham got repetitive a bit, nothing a better editor wouldn't have got and weeded out, but that seems to be a trend of late for Best Selling Authors. Not his fault, editors should catch that crap

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  • Roger
  • Elbert, CO, United States
  • 03-04-13

The Payback!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was wonderfully entertaining.

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

The ending. You know it's a great book when it is not until some of the final pages you figure out everything!

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

How in the main characters he made subtle changes throughout the performance as the Character changed.

Could you see The Racketeer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

yes, I could see it being made into a movie. I could not visualize any current characters doing justice to the Characters.

Any additional comments?

A great read by John Grisham! I like how he touches on darkness, without being dark. Only reason for not a four stars is toward the end it got confusing because it jumped so much! Love the book!

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WOW! Another great by Grisham!

What did you love best about The Racketeer?

The developing plotline, the twists and turns, and especially the unexpected ending.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malcolm was probably my favorite character. He is a schemer, a dreamer and a doer. I can't believe what he pulled off!

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

I have never listened to any of his other works.

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

I wanted to, but its simply to long.

Any additional comments?

If your a fan of John Grisham, you won't be disappointed in this one. Its also the first of his books I have listened to that is in a First Person Narrative so that was refreshing.

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  • GW
  • 02-28-13

Not what I was expecting

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

I normally love John Grisham's books, and so I know I will listen to more of his books in the future.
As for J.D. Jackson, I would listen to him read again. I enjoyed his style and my problems with the book had nothing at all to do with the audio performance. I thought he did a wonderful job with the material.

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

I found the lack of dialogue disappointing. The story was mostly the narrator's thoughts and observations. He rarely interacted with anyone. I got the feeling I was listening to someone recount a detailed school report. The set up took far too long and the events in the story involved so much explanation that it became dull. Grisham's characters are usually very interesting people and I liked the main character in this story but the trouble was, there wasn't enough personal history to make him come alive for me. Because all he did was narrate events, it all felt flat.

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

This is the only J.D.Jackson performance that I have listen to so far. I enjoyed him very much and I would listen to him again.

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

The book was an interesting idea, but it didn't pull together well for me. I liked some of the minor characters but again, they were rather flat as they never had any dialogue.

Any additional comments?

Of all of Grisham's books, this is only the second one that I haven't enjoyed. He is one of my favorite authors, but I just couldn't get into this book.

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  • Ron
  • TUALATIN, OR, United States
  • 02-25-13

Gripping all the way through

What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

Not knowing how the outcome would be. Always different twists and turns along the story line

What did you like best about this story?

How an innocent man can get back at the government and how inept the government is.

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

His voice reflections

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

When I learned who really was the killer

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good read but unrrealistic

This book was so unrealistic and the hero just too cleaver and the FBI just too stupid to really make this a good book. It had a surprise ending only because it was so ridiculous.

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Don't make too many assumptions with this book...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Lots of twists and turns. Can't think of any "slow" spots when I wanted to stop listening. All in all, a great story!

What did you like best about this story?

The surprises and the depth.

Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

The main character - Malcolm Bannister.

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

The ending.

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Grabbed My Attention From Beginning To End!

What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

It is a well written easy to understand story read by a great narrator. I had not heard J. D. Jackson read before. From the start he had a very clear and strong voice that took command of the story as if it was indeed his very own experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is written as a first person narrative. Thus it was easy to follow along. Too often Books are written with too many characters and too many scene changes. This makes for a lot of confusion in the beginning of many books.

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

As I stated above, he has a strong articulate voice that gives strength to the main character. The story is very well written and J.D. Jackson elevates it and the listener thinks that he is indeed the actual main character.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

A great story with a great finish. You won't regret selecting this book.