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Publisher Description

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

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 23
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Germeister ,

The racketeer

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.

Years Ahead of Their Time ,

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!

chiwiz ,

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.

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