The Racketeer

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Doubleday, 2012 - Fiction - 343 pages
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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.

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This book has interesting chracters and a good plot. - LibraryThing
Confusing at times, and just the plot was dead. - LibraryThing
Page turner with a decent story and ending. - LibraryThing
I am a real fan of character development by authors. - LibraryThing
And it's a great piece of storytelling. - LibraryThing
I enjoy Grisham's writing, and this latest one is tops. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Annette - Goodreads

John Grisham has done it again, with The Racketeer. I don't know where he comes up with these stories, but every book he writes is so compelling, you just have to know what happens. Malcolm Bannister ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Costa - Goodreads

A mish mosh of contrived events and characters in Grisham's attempt to construct a thriller...for whatever insight this book provides into the US judicial system, it was a bonafide sleeper...couldn't wait to get to the boring end...ugh! Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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