The Racketeer

The Racketeer

eBook - 2012
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" The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page."-- USA Today
In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is found in his remote lakeside cabin. There is no sign of forced entry or struggle. Just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
One man, a former attorney, knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and why. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, is currently residing in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. Though serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information the FBI would love to know. Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price--and the man known as the Racketeer wasn't born yesterday.
Praise for The Racketeer
"Exhilarating . . . surprising . . . ingenious."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"A satisfying, deeply engrossing thriller in which different forms of justice are ultimately served."-- The Washington Post
"Fast-paced . . . with enough startling plot twists--and changes of scenery, from Miami to Montego Bay and beyond--to surprise even the most suspicious reader."-- The Wall Street Journal
"Tautly plotted." --Entertainment Weekly
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012.
ISBN: 9780385536882
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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debwalker Oct 16, 2012

Have to hand it to Grisham. Some may sneer, but he's nailed it again with a story about vengeance by a wrongly convicted man. Classify this in the cannot put it down category.

ehbooklover Jan 27, 2013

The longer I read this book, the more I found the plot to be unbelievably far-fetched and convoluted. Despite this, I kept reading because it was entertaining enough to keep me interested. I’m not sure that I’ll read another Grisham novel though.

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

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.

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

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

Dec 19, 2014

I have to agree with gordonhenry - a very poor outing indeed. I found the plot to be promising(ish) early on but when Grisham has the main character lie in his narration so that you are misguided in what the "real" story is (if there's such a thing in fiction ;->), it's such a disappointment when you realize you've been duped with such a cheap ploy! Wish I had the time back...

Sep 04, 2014

If you like Grisham novels, this one will not disappoint. Easy read - page turner.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A disappointing novel -- I usually enjoy Grisham's novels, but this one is not up to par. The story is too far fetched -- lacks the story line of his other novels."

Feb 12, 2014

I found this book to be rather slow and plodding; not up to the usual John Grisham standards at all. I gave up as I lost interest.

ottony Feb 05, 2014

Very good book, difficult start but once going couldn't put it down :)
Good Read!

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May 18, 2013

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