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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Entertaining with good plot twists. - Goodreads
Clunky prose, predictable plot, lackluster offering. - Goodreads
A smooth page turner and a cool thriller. - Goodreads
I am still a little confused with the ending. - Goodreads
The sequence of story telling was good. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Jennie - Goodreads

While others may not have enjoyed, I found I couldn't out this book down. Who cares if he didn't do's called fiction for a reason..... Read full review

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User Review  - Satish S - Goodreads

First half was very good. The second half where the hero turns into a thief....well, not as good. I enjoyed the suspense ( what's he up to) but wished it was more about the main plot( little guy vs the powerful) instead of just transferring gold from point a to point b so many times. 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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