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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 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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Greatly enjoyed the story

Both my wife and I greatly enjoyed this well-crafted story. I was especially pleased that all the loose ends were tied by the conclusion. While I have read/listened to most of Grisham's novels, this is the best of his stories since "The Testament." Glad to see this popular author back in full swing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Least fav of all Grisham

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Too long . Middle got boring

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

We have really liked most of them. Sure.

What aspect of J.D. Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

Not much he reads well can definitely understand him

Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • East Windsor, NJ, United States
  • 12-14-12

Good, But Not Up tp Grisham Standards

Grisham has set high standards in his previous books and, while this one has twists and turns, it is less well put together than some of the others. Although I liked the story, I felt the writing was a little lazy, and the ending seemed contrived.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Grisham

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Well thought-out, credible story. Fun Grisham read. Great narrator. Grisham fans won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great narrator

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

I would say it was time well spent. It dragged some in the begging and I wondered if this was going to be a waste of my time. Thankfully, it picked up. However, I should add that sometimes the story telling was a little "see Jack run" - elementary.

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

Sure, I like John Grisham.

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

No, I had not listened to J.D. Jackson before but I did enjoy his performance.

Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I do not. I don't think it was good enough to have a follow-up.

Any additional comments?

This was no where near my favorite Grisham novel. Lots of it was more fantasy than fact, so that was a put off. I do however like that the person that was mistreated gets to tell his story in his own words. I won't say more than that so as to not spoil it for others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nowhere near Grisham's best

I was excited about this book due to all the glowing reviews but was disappointed once I listened to it. I figured out the big twist quite early in the story, which made the unbelievable plot even more so. The main character was unlikeable and the secondary characters were 2 dimensional. On top of that, the FBI of this book is a bunch of bumbling keystone cops who can't figure anything out (especially unbelievable after watching the Petraeus scandal unfold over the last week.). The worst part is there is actually a plot line in the book (uranium mines case), which would have made a great Grisham novel but he does nothing with it.

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  • Celia
  • Topanga, CA, United States
  • 11-09-12

Awful

Seriously, this book is crap. If John Grisham actually wrote this, he should either be ashamed or just quit writing. It's pedestrian, predictable and silly. I have vowed NEVER to buy another book by him as in addition to having no real story to tell, he appears to be adding useless details to increase his word count. If you like books in this genre read Gone Girl which actually has real twists and suspense. This has a dull, ponderous generic narrative. Don't bother.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • University Place, WA, United States
  • 11-04-12

Disappointing

What could have been a fascinating story about race, the law, and personal identity goes....nowhere. Unrealistic plot and uninteresting characters. Hard to believe that a Grisham book could be this tedious.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Daryll
  • Memphis, TN, United States
  • 10-27-12

Captivating

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

I have not considered reading the print version although I'm sure the print version is just as interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The story had me guessing through some parts, towards the end the story line started to fall into place.

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

I have not listed to J.D. Jackson's other performances, I thought he did an awesome jot and would like to hear his other work.

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

There were a few, one in particular was when Vanessa was in Nathan's hous and needed a plan to scare of 2 of his friends who popped by.

Any additional comments?

Very interesting read, Grisham is good at captivating his audiences weather in print, audio, or television.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good gripping Grisham

Another riveting story by a master story teller. This is sit in your drive-way good. The best Grisham? I don't know. But wonderfully fun, fast paced with a satisfying conclusion. Five Huzzahs.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful