“The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.”—USA Today
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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
Bestseller Grisham (The Litigators) is back in top form with this twisty, precisely plotted legal thriller that eschews the civics lessons of some of his more recent work. The masterful opening introduces disgraced Virginia lawyer Malcolm Bannister, who has served half of a 10-year prison sentence for money laundering after getting caught up in a federal net aimed at a sleazy influence peddler. Bannister s conviction has, naturally, destroyed his life, but he thinks he can use the murder of federal judge Raymond Fawcett to his advantage. Fawcett, who presided over a landmark mining rights case, and his attractive secretary, with whom he was having an affair, were both found shot in the head in his cabin in southwest Virginia. Near the bodies was an empty open safe. When the high-profile investigation stalls, Bannister tells the feds that he can identify the killer for them in exchange for a release from jail and the means to start a new life. The surprises all work, and the action builds to a satisfying resolution.
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I have read all of John Grishams books and this on is certainly in the top 5 percent. His ability to tell a story continues to evolve. To call this book exceptional would be an understatement.
The Racketeer by John Grisham
This book really disappoints. I am a Grisham fan but The Racketeer does not seem as if he wrote it. Reading it is as if one is on a merry go 'round ~ and can't wait to get off. In my estimation the story and its characters have no redeeming qualities and neither does the book. No matter how boring or how bad a book is, I finish reading it ~ always hoping it will redeem itself in later pages. This one did not!
An OK Grisham but predictable
I enjoyed reading the book but the disappointment is that I figured it out pretty early. Also the author was a bit sloppy in the plot development of the relationship between the main character and his girlfriend. I actually went back in the book twice to see if I had somehow skipped crucial pages that would have explained how she got to be such an integral part of the plan (I don't want to give anything away here so I am being circumspect) - seemed to come from nowhere. Turns out I did not skip any pages - just sloppy writing I am afraid.