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The Racketeer [Hardcover]

John Grisham
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Book Description

Oct. 23 2012
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.

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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Called "Money Grab" Nov. 24 2012
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Grisham At His Finest!!! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read anyway... 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Goes down easy, utterly forgettable Nov. 10 2012
By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced easy reading. July 31 2014
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! March 19 2014
By Mealoaf
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read Feb. 4 2014
By mrblue
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read Jan. 9 2014
By Morris
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed
Published 5 hours ago by Doug Mac Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars A great
As always,John has done it again, A great novelist
Published 6 days ago by Donald Sherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Grisham novel in years!
It was just like reading one of the older Grisham novels. Twists and turns, with lots of shady characters for a plot that thickens with every page. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book. I was surprised by the twists in the plot which kept things interesting.
Published 28 days ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Gresham kept me guessing for 80% of the book. as always I enjoyed his writing and characters. character development as always keeps the readers interest.
Published 28 days ago by Lawrence Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Grisham running on fumes?
Published 1 month ago by D. H. Burney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another Grisham that hooks you immediately, One cant go wrong with a book by a master story teller.
Published 1 month ago by Ruby Rheaume
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it. Excellent plot.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Manicki
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This is not John Grisham's best work. The story was mildly ammusing. Gripping or rivetting would not describe it.
Published 1 month ago by Roger Hoogendoorn
3.0 out of 5 stars barely OK
Many pages are just to fill in the space and make the book thicker. Does not bring anything to the story.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
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