The Racketeer

The Racketeer

A Novel

Paperback - 2013
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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 lakeside cabin. There is no 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.
Published: New York :, Dell Books,, 2013.
Edition: Dell mass market edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780345530578
Branch Call Number: F GRI
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,19 cm


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Mar 09, 2018

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

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?)

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."

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May 18, 2013

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