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The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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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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    Cate 02-17-13
    Cate 02-17-13
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    "Blech."
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    The characters were irritating; their backstories were shallow and there was no one to connect with.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    The stupid plot. Someone called it "borderline annoying." No, just annoying. It felt like a plot without people, that he spent so much time coming up with a cleverly unfolding plot that he lost track of whether readers/llisteners would care in the first place. I didn't, and it was not suspenseful at all, either. You just listened knowing that the author was showing off how great he is cooking up a twisty plot, but with 2-D characters. It felt nothing more than egotistical, actually.


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    Sabina 02-14-13
    Sabina 02-14-13
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    "What a book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great book! It kept you on the edge of your seat and you NEVER see the end coming. It was another spellbinding Grisham book. The narrator was good and enjoyable to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were SO many twists and turns but the plot fell together nicely. The ending was so not what I expected. Great book!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the airport was probably my favorite.


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

    No because it was pretty long.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Listen to it!!!!

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    Bonnie 02-14-13
    Bonnie 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing - not Grisham's usual quality"

    I am a huge fan of John Grishm but this book was not his usual quality.

    A disgraced lawyer feels that he has been wronged by the government, sent to jail for ten years and patiently waits for the right opportunity to get out of prison. This opportunity arrives when a federal judge has been murdered, and Malcolm, the lawyer, knows who did it and why. I am not giving anything away because this all happens in the beginning of the book.

    Grisham’s protagonist does not do a straight forward deal with the government to use his “get out of jail free” card. He engages in quite a bit of creativity to expand the plot by leading us around blindly before letting us in on certain details/secrets. These require a certain level of belief and they are not believable. The book is a hodge podge that jumps all over the place. I had to go back to try and pick up the plot several times. Then we get to the build up to the ending which is totally unbelievable.

    For me the book was a majorly disappointment.

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    slm 02-12-13
    slm 02-12-13
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    "Typical Grisham!"

    If you like Grisham you'll love this book! He's up to his usual fun and as always a good 'listen'.

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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 02-12-13
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Might make a better movie than a book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The main character is not very sympathetic, so most of the time I found myself thinking "I hope he fails". The story drags a lot and the only suspense is because the author simply keeps you in the dark.

    I can't help thinking that this book was written with the thought of making it into a movie. The whole Uranium and crooked federal judge ideas are just trivial details and not worked into the story at all. So much time is wasted in the details about how careful the main character is doing this and doing that, switching cell phones, paying with cash, blah blah etc. etc.. But it's the main character that drags the story down. You just don't like the guy. He seems more like Snoop Dog with a law degree than someone whose side you can get on.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have to say the reader captured the essence of the main character, it's just too bad that essence happens to have a bad smell.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have one.


    Was The Racketeer worth the listening time?

    Barely, but not by much. If you thought some of Grisham's other books were bad, this one is probably worse.


    Any additional comments?

    Wait for the movie. This books feels like it was written with potential movie deal in mind, right down to the black lawyer.

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    John Townsend Silicon Valley, CA 02-11-13
    John Townsend Silicon Valley, CA 02-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "New Grisham book, same story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more unique story. This story feels like every other John Grisham novel. I was hoping for something more.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    The lack of originality. It felt very derivative to me.


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

    I thought J.D. did an excellent job. His voice is easy to listen to. I enjoyed his performance and would look for other books that he has worked on.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Racketeer?

    I would certainly have cut the entire author's note at the end where he basically admits that he phoned this one in. No research, no real life legal example to inspire the story. Just something he made up.


    Any additional comments?

    In retrospect, i wish I had my time back. I kept hoping that the story would lead somewhere interesting and it didn't. I know that I will think long and hard before I listen to another Grisham novel again.

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    William Amador MOORPARK, CA, US 02-11-13
    William Amador MOORPARK, CA, US 02-11-13
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    "Plodding story line"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't terrible but I don't care for the story line...this happened then this happened, then I did this then I did that.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    I have liked other stories by Grisham. This was not one of his better ones.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


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    ICooper Georgia, USA 02-11-13
    ICooper Georgia, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "If you love Grisham"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would not have had Malcom Bannister the main character leave Nathanr in a Jamaican jail getting beaten up while the main character runs off with his money. The beatings to near death were a painful fact even though he had killed two people along with the main characters indifference.


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

    Not sure there was a favorite character for me, none of them were appealing.


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

    Yes, Will Smith, or Denzel Washington.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good but not great Grisham. If you love Grisham definitely listen and the performance was well done.

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    james fort worth, tx, United States 02-08-13
    james fort worth, tx, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "NIce Try at a blaxploitation book... but it fails."

    The book seems to be a product of a misguided suggestion. "Make a book where the black white-collar protagonist is innocent and sticks it to The Man" In trying to appeal to a black audience, the author makes the unforgivable mistake of creating a world that mimics reality but does not abide by the same rules in an unconvincing and unhumorous manner in order to pander to a specific race.

    The man character is an unemotional black man that is not enraged by the fact that he is not guilty and is helpful to all those around him regardless of race. Simply not believable.

    He somehow co-ordinates several other characters to play their part to bring down the government case against all of them, in one case convincing someone to do some hard time in order to play along. SImply not believable.

    He finds a huge stash of gold, the real killer of the judge, takes possession of it and deals with the killer in his own way using information that the FBI also has, mocks the FBI and gets them to give him a plea deal, all without the FBI having the ability to figure out any of it. SImply not believeable.

    The main character is flat, the whole book is an excuse for the ending that leaves you feeling gypped.

    The author does not attempt to explain how the most difficult feats are accomplished or how he gets the co-operation of several baddies because any explination would be farcical at best.

    Stay away and get something decent.

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    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 02-07-13
    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "One of John Grisham's Best"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    To me this book was different from the rest of John Grisham's books but excellent in every way. The story line was great and the ending was a surprise. All in all I thoroughly enjoy every thing about the book! I couldn't quit listening to it.


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