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The Racketeer

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: J. D. Jackson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2012

Duration: 12 hours 45 minutes


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.


  • Jean Varner

    The Racketeer was full of twists and turns. Although I guessed the final twist, I stayed interested. It required a bit of a stretch to accept the stunts that are pulled could actually be accomplished. But that's why it's fiction ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nancy Vendelin

    Loved the book. Story was absorbing and characters were interesting. A fun fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nancy Riffel

    Not the best Grishom book. His earlier books were a lot better.

  • Timothy Hart

    Excellent narration. Grisham never disappoints me.


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