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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Oct. 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780385535144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385535144
  • ASIN: 0385535147
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Critical Acclaim for the Undisputed Master of the Legal Thriller

“With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions.”—Entertainment Weekly

“John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country,  nobody does it better . . . Grisham’s books are also smart, imaginative, and funny, populated by complex interesting people, written by a man who is driven not merely by the desire to entertain but also by genuine (if understated) outrage at human cupidity and venality.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end. —Time

“The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of an entertainment.” – Los Angeles Times

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“John Grisham owns the legal thriller.”—The Denver Post

“John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots.”—The Seattle Times

“A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“A legal literary legend.”—USA Today

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on Nov. 24 2012
Format: Paperback
And I am not referring to the plot. Kudos to Mr. Grisham for creating a unique style within the mystery genre but this effort was on auto-pilot. One only has to read the author's note at the end which is an admission of sorts. The least enjoyable aspect was the main character. In his past novels the Grisham formula includes a main character that you empathize with and root for. In The Racketeer, I was actually hoping that the plot would see Malcolm Bannister get duped. I expect the author will return to form and may even innovate again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Steele on Nov. 10 2012
Format: Hardcover
Have read all the Grisham's thus far, and absolutely loved this book. This book kept me guessing throughout and reminds me of the writing style of his earlier novels (ie: Time To Kill, Runaway Jury and The Chamber). Would definately recommend this to anyone who likes a good read that will keep you interested and guessing!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Royal Blue on Nov. 5 2012
Format: Hardcover
Definitely not one of Grisham's best. He decides, in this book, that he is a black man. I'm not sure what effect he was going for, but it doesn't work because not actually being black himself, he can't write as if he were. He mentions several times in the book that he is feeling like he stands out, but it's neither relevant nor believable. He says in the author's note at the end of the book that he did no research and that is obvious as you read the book. Simply put, the story is not believable at all. It involves a "pile" of little gold bars which he is able to carry around and use as if it were currency. Still, it is written by Grisham and is therefore worth a read if only for his writing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2012
Format: Hardcover
Grisham is writing as a black man, though I kept forgetting that he was supposedly black until he mentioned it again. Grisham is not really a suspense writer - his strength is writing books that go down smooth and easy. This one does that and tries to be a thriller as well with big twists and everything. The initial premise is thoroughly unbelievable and the twist that comes later even more so, primarily because the characters are not established with enough depth for us to believe in in much of anything they do. In spite of this, I don't really regret reading this. Love it or hate it, that's the power of Grisham.
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By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Racketeer is a faced paced read, with drama, action, suspense and a good story.

A small town lawyer has found himself in prison for unknowingly getting involved with some unsavory characters. He has a plan to get out for good and no one not even us the readers know exactly what that plan is.

Grisham uses humour to make all of the characters likeable even the ones that you don't want to like. He has combined a blend of political drama, crime story who-dunnit, romance and intrigue to create a story that is certainly sensational but extreamly entertaining.

Anyone who enjoys a fun summer read will enjoy the Rackeeteer!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mealoaf on March 19 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Fast paced from start to finish. Main character was great throughout - lots of laughs about payback. Loved it...on to the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrblue on Feb. 4 2014
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Once again John Grisham has created excellence. The Racketeer is written in such a way as to hold your attention from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morris on Jan. 9 2014
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Enough twists to keep you intrigued and coming back for more, I would highly
Recommend. Another excellent Grisham book, what's next
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