We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

Regular Price:$31.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (5892 )
5 star
 (2407)
4 star
 (2181)
3 star
 (886)
2 star
 (259)
1 star
 (159)
Overall
4.1 (5023 )
5 star
 (2102)
4 star
 (1723)
3 star
 (809)
2 star
 (246)
1 star
 (143)
Story
4.3 (5034 )
5 star
 (2495)
4 star
 (1763)
3 star
 (532)
2 star
 (147)
1 star
 (97)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Janice Westerly, RI, United States 02-04-13
    Janice Westerly, RI, United States 02-04-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring and predictable"
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    Everything


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    It was obvious this story was churned out for the money. Not much tthinking went on.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J.D. Jackson?

    I think it was more the story and how it was written but a little less monotone would have helped.


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    One to help you sleep. I expected better from this author.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    pat Casco, MI, United States 02-04-13
    pat Casco, MI, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "John Grisham at his best"

    Great story - kept doing my chores because I couldn't stop listening - JD Jackson did a great job portraying the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DebStock Plainfield, IL, United States 02-03-13
    DebStock Plainfield, IL, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "All the reasons why I love reading John Grisham bo"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Grisham


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Refueled my interest in legal thrillers.


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

    Pleasant, engaging, and interesting story because he relies on practical imagination sans profanity.


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

    Nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Hritzbeth Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-30-13
    Hritzbeth Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    I am listening to this book in my car while driving to work. It makes my drive a lot more enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a great story that kept me guessing where the story was going.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Florida Mom 01-30-13
    Florida Mom 01-30-13

    Florida_Mom

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    221
    46
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A GREAT STORY - Good Readers & Twists"

    I had to write a review on this book! This was one of John Grisham's excellent reads. From beginning to end, the story unwinds, twists, yet easy to following and kept me hanging on throughout. I loved the Narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathleen Piedmont, CA, United States 01-30-13
    Kathleen Piedmont, CA, United States 01-30-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great book while driving"

    I listen to audiobooks when I drive. I like ones that are easy to follow so I can also pay attention to the read and which make the trip goes faster. The Racketeer was both. It was a very interesting story about the abuses of the federal legal system. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Claudette Franklin, MA, United States 01-30-13
    Claudette Franklin, MA, United States 01-30-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Riveting story and narration"

    One of my favorite authors, John Grisham excells in his story telling abilities A little raw in a couple of spots, but I am guessing it's there to open the reader up to the stark gruesome possibilities of being behind bars with more seasoned criminals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann FAIRLAND, OK, United States 01-30-13
    Ann FAIRLAND, OK, United States 01-30-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inability to concentrate"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more enthusiastic and interesting narrator.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is difficult to say. Perhaps I will try reading the book to get a better grasp on the story. The narrator threw me off.


    What didn’t you like about J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    I did not care for J.D.Jackson as a narrator and while he is highly recommended, I could not concentrate on the story. I will have to read the book before I can fairly critic it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It is not fair for me to say until I try reading the book instead of listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually enjoy books by John Grisham. The story line seemed to be a good one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melissa BELLA VISTA, AR, United States 01-27-13
    Melissa BELLA VISTA, AR, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Solid Characters but only an "Okay" Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.. Grisham always has solid characters who are very believeable. Story was a littale far fetched and ended kind of abruptly.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    Well. Performance was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Miss Pearlie North Carolina 01-25-13
    Miss Pearlie North Carolina 01-25-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It just never went anywhere"

    I kept waiting for the Grisham suspense, the appearance of the Bad Guys, something to go terribly wrong, then get even worse, and finally the protagonist to scheme, trick, and blast his way through to get the fortune back, take revenge on the double-crosser, and ride into the sunset. Well, it never happened. There were some points in the story where the author built a little suspense, maybe a "4" on a scale of 10, but things just kept plodding along and the suspense faded away. Every single thing went exactly as planned. Forget whether the story was believable - other Grisham stories have stretched credibility - it was just boring. The narrator was fine, I don't think it was his fault that the story itself was a monotone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.