The Racketeer

The Racketeer

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385535144
0385535147
Characteristics: 343 p.

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Great read with some real character development and the usual curt expose of the American justice system ( is that an oxymoron?)

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sharisteiner
May 30, 2016

I usually really like Grisham's books, but this one is way too involved in complexity of main character's Michaevelian (sp?) plots against 2 previous prison "friends" for no explained reason. I've ended up despising Malcolm/Max and wish I'd dropped book in the middle. 2/3rds of it is boring.

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ThanksSPL
Nov 23, 2015

Very entertaining and exciting book with a great ending. How about a little mercy for Nattie?

treblig201 Sep 12, 2015

Must be large type please

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rahmmie
Aug 04, 2015

I really enjoy this type of book and in the hands of an author like Grisham, the tale of Joe Average against the Big Bad Government can make time go by extremely fast, and the book is done before you know it. Great book

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FloEh
Dec 19, 2014

I have to agree with gordonhenry - a very poor outing indeed. I found the plot to be promising(ish) early on but when Grisham has the main character lie in his narration so that you are misguided in what the "real" story is (if there's such a thing in fiction ;->), it's such a disappointment when you realize you've been duped with such a cheap ploy! Wish I had the time back...

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Toox
Sep 04, 2014

If you like Grisham novels, this one will not disappoint. Easy read - page turner.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A disappointing novel -- I usually enjoy Grisham's novels, but this one is not up to par. The story is too far fetched -- lacks the story line of his other novels."

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21221018293347
Feb 12, 2014

I found this book to be rather slow and plodding; not up to the usual John Grisham standards at all. I gave up as I lost interest.

ottony Feb 05, 2014

Very good book, difficult start but once going couldn't put it down :)
Good Read!

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eason2002
May 18, 2013

eason2002 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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