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The Racketeer Hardcover – Oct 23 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (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 111 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,073 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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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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John Grisham is always enjoyable to read.
My type of read aside from biography/history. Unfortunately I had it in French and did not realize it when I ordered it; the title of course being so different. So I gave the French one and kept the English version.
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 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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Format: Kindle Edition
I give up. I found the beginning interesting, but then the whole book fell apart. This story is suppose to be taking place in the real world, dealing with horrific matters, but everyone in it lacks basic intelligence. Half-way through the book, I was bored. Now that I finally found out the purpose for the documentary, I don't even care. I would have liked to see the main character best the government that destroyed his life, but I stopped caring about this character the moment he left jail. There are maybe two hours left in the audiobook, but boredom has felt like torture for the past hour. I just can't take this book anymore.

I loved movies based on John Grisham's work. I thought books would be better. This is the third one I have read, and I'm giving up on this author. For the books that I was able to get through the best I can say is they were "meh".

Agatha Christie can make a tea party sound more intriguing and interesting, while Grisham makes running from the law and drug dealers sound boring.

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Disappointed. This author is clearly not for me.

I borrowed the audiobook from the Toronto Public Library.
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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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. Fantastic read, and sure to excite his fans, both old and new.
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This book arrived in perfect condition and in plenty of time. It is a large print book by a great author so I am very happy I was able to get it for my mother who is visually impaired. The cost was very reasonable and the book is in perfect condition. I appreciate the service from this seller.
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Grisham's last book - The Litigators - was one of my favourites by this award winning author. I was pretty excited to read his latest - The Racketeer.

Racketeer: "A person who commits crimes such as extortion, loansharking, bribery, and obstruction of justice in furtherance of illegal business activities."

Malcolm Bannister is a former attorney, currently serving time in the Frostburg, Maryland prison camp for money laundering. Trouble is, he swears he's innocent - he just picked the wrong client. License gone, wife gone, everything he had - gone. Five years into his sentence, he may have found a way out. He knows who killed Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett, found dead in his cabin retreat beside an empty safe. Can he bargain the killer's name for his freedom? And what about what was taken from the safe? There's a lot of people after that knowledge...

I love 'heist' and 'sting' type movies such as Ocean's Eleven. Grisham weaves his own take on the heist scenario with The Racketeer. And it's a great piece of storytelling. This is still a 'legal' thriller to a degree, but I think Grisham just had a lot of fun with this one. It's not a serious book, but an entertaining tale.

As he says in the author notes at the end: " The Racketeer is indeed a work of fiction. Accuracy was not deemed crucial. Long paragraphs of fiction were used to avoid looking up facts."

I chose to listen to this book. J.D. Jackson was the reader and his voice was perfectly suited to the main character. Macolm changes his speech patterns at one point and I did find the slower pace a bit annoying. I just wanted the story to move along.

The only reason I'm giving this a four instead of a five is that there was just something about Malcolm I didn't like.
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