The Racketeer

The Racketeer

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
ISBN: 9780385535144
0385535147
Branch Call Number: FIC Gris
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 25 cm

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fangger
Jun 01, 2019

A good read that will keep you guessing. Nice twist to the plot.

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gmacwilliams
Mar 28, 2019

Up there with my favorite Grisham novels.

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Butterfly121761
May 09, 2018

Wasn't a true Grisham page turner for me but it was worth turning the pages and reading to the end.

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writermala
Mar 09, 2018

Not as good as usual Grisham books. I found it slow despite the twists and turns.

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JLHCKY
Mar 07, 2018

I read this book not as a result of the story outline but because it was Grisham. I couldn't understand the title; Wikipedia says "a racket is a planned or organized criminal act ..., often a repeated or continuous criminal operation." Well into it, I asked, "Where's that?" The story circles around Malcolm Bannister, a small-town lawyer in prison for 10 years for money laundering for which he is adamant that he is innocent. To keep himself sane, he serves as a jail-house lawyer. As he approaches his fifth anniversary inside, a federal judge is murdered in rural Virginia. The FBI is stumped, and Malcolm gets word to them that he can identify the killer(s) if he is released and granted immunity. The book reminds me of Agatha Christie's best - a second reading is required. The same for "The Racketeer." A second time would help me understand all the twists and turns!

Great read with some real character development and the usual curt expose of the American justice system ( is that an oxymoron?)

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sharisteiner
May 30, 2016

I usually really like Grisham's books, but this one is way too involved in complexity of main character's Michaevelian (sp?) plots against 2 previous prison "friends" for no explained reason. I've ended up despising Malcolm/Max and wish I'd dropped book in the middle. 2/3rds of it is boring.

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ThanksSPL
Nov 23, 2015

Very entertaining and exciting book with a great ending. How about a little mercy for Nattie?

treblig201 Sep 12, 2015

Must be large type please

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rahmmie
Aug 04, 2015

I really enjoy this type of book and in the hands of an author like Grisham, the tale of Joe Average against the Big Bad Government can make time go by extremely fast, and the book is done before you know it. Great book

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fiacono2
Dec 21, 2018

OK story line about a lawyer that got railroaded to prison, and how he "tricked" the officials and came out ahead. a little too convenient that all the players lined up the way they did, and the officials "fell into his trap" too easily

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