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The Racketeer John Grisham The Racketeer The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing keeping us engaged until the very last page USA Today NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the history of the United States only four active federal judges have be

  • Title: The Racketeer
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9780385536882
  • Page: 264
  • Format: ebook
  • The Racketeer John Grisham The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing keeping us engaged until the very last page USA Today 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 d The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing keeping us engaged until the very last page USA Today 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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
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    1. The John Grishman of yore has resurfaced with this book Just when I am beginning to doubt that he is still capable of creating works of the same calibre as his earlier outputs, he came up with this book that is so engrossing I am sure his wayward fans would be resurrected To say that this has come in the most opportune time is an understatement.

    2. Oh how the mighty have fallen, and Grisham splats facedown with this mess Grisham is trying for genius protagonist who outsmarts everyone around him, but instead of coming up with clever plans he s just got a smart mouth while the author dumbs everyone else down so far they should be wearing special helmets and riding a short bus.The Feebees are right outta Mayberry, the hero is a DICK and none of the story is even remotely credible Grisham didnt even try The book starts with the feds being led [...]

    3. John Grisham is Back with a Winner I haven t read a John Grisham book in a long time This little gem was picked up recently and it was a pleasant surprise It moved along at a good pace, had an excellent story line, first class dialogue, and will definitely keep the reader on the edge It is one of the best books I ve read in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.

    4. The reason I have read all of John Grisham s legal novels is that I like the idea of the little guy taking on the big guy, the bully, the man in general I don t even care if the little guy wins as long as he puts up a good fight In this story I kept waiting for Mal Max to become the good guy The guy that fights the system for the wronged, that avenges his mistreatment by making sure the system works for the next underdog It didn t happen Turns out Mal Max is just a thug, and robs other thugs to [...]

    5. I felt as though the only reason this was written was so Denzel Washington could star in the film adaptation The movie could possibly be alright so I would encourage you to wait, but don t be too disappointed if it is a waist of time as well.

    6. I m not going to waste my time with an extensive review of this book because I have wasted enough time reading it I will start by saying that I have loved every one of John Grisham s books until this one and I ve read every one.Here is a short list of the problems with this book 1 The main character is an unlikable hypocrite Grisham presents Bannister as a character we should root for A man who was beaten down by the federal government He really is a deadbeat dad who can t take two minutes off f [...]

    7. Certainly an interesting story but one that almost seemed too pat At the end after reading the book, I found the author s note saying that none of it was real and that he had not done a lot of research on the topic I don t mind fiction and in fact read a lot of it and have enjoyed Grisham s work in the past I just found that afterwards it left a sour feeling to read his comments Perhaps it is the sign of a good storywriter that he didn t need to research and that this story just flowed but it al [...]

    8. Malcolm Bannister was an attorney in a small firm when he was inadvertently caught up in a money laundering scheme, convicted under the RICO statutes, and sent to federal prison There he became a prison lawyer helping other convicts with their appeals etc When Judge Fawcett a federal judge in Virginia is murdered, Bannister contacts the FBI, claiming he will name the killer in exchange for immediate release from prison This happens, and once he is free Bannister, with help from a woman he met in [...]

    9. Starts off with a bang telling a somewhat formulaic man against the system story.Despite having seen it before, it s still fun to watch Grisham s main character former lawyer and wrongly imprisoned Malcolm Bannister execute an end run around the powers that be It is well a thought out and executed scenario that while unrealistic at times, leaves the reader in a wistful mode wishing it could be so, as Bannister is likeable and has the reader rooting for him.Midway through the novel, the plot take [...]

    10. When a federal judge named Raymond Fawcett is found murdered in his isolated mountain cabin, mysteries abound The most important question is why did a judge of very modest means need the large state of the art safe that was found hidden behind a bookcase Not surprisingly, the safe is now empty The judge s young secretary who was found murdered beside him, had been tortured before she was killed the assumption is that the killers tortured her to force the judge to open the safe before killing the [...]

    11. I hadn t read a John Grisham in quite awhile and had been meaning to read this so I picked it up It was just meh I mean, it was the kind of story where the plot just unraveled and nothing else happened There was no climax No omg moments just a plan that used the whole book to describe its unwinding view spoiler It was also a little far fetched that Malcolm Bannister, a small town lawyer, was now suddenly capable of all that maneuvering and intricate planning Granted he had help from other shady [...]

    12. Malcolm Bannister is a largely unsuccessful lawyer who was imprisoned by an overly aggressive government prosecutor when he accidentally turned his law firm into a shell company for a shady crook who needed to launder a lot of money Two years in a minimum security prison camp are sufficient to turn him from a struggling bungler into a mastermind, and the tangled web of deception he weaves begins when Bannister approaches the FBI with information that can help them solve the execution style murde [...]

    13. John Grisham Walks on the Dark Side, for a ChangeWhen you re reading somebody s 25th novel the 31st of all the books he s written you d be right to expect that he d gotten the hang of writing Especially if the guy had already sold than a quarter of a billion copies of his work And so it is with John Grisham s fiendishly clever new novel, The Racketeer It s another winner from a man who s been turning them out for than two decades.One aspect of Grisham s fiendishness is his capacity to surprise [...]

    14. Rounding off the year with another book in the Read shelf from my once one of the favourite authors who is fast falling off my favourite lists I picked up this e book with great hopes of getting a good courtroom drama, what with the blurb mentioning about a Supreme Court judge being murdered and the protagonist being a lawyer behind bars the author has introduced a black lawyer as a protagonist However, my hopes were dashed as I progressed through the book The plot is about how a lawyer unravels [...]

    15. THE RACKETEER is the first John Grisham novel I have read in ten years I hadn t realized it had been so long until I looked at the release date of The Last Juror which I read when it first came out Why I waited so long I do not know, they are always fun and quick reads, with lots of twists and turns When I looked on the back of the book describing the plot, I almost put it back on the shelf It sounded so similar to The Pelican Brief A dead judgeenvironmental issuebut reading further I saw how di [...]

    16. Grisham has said that he writes his books to be read in one sitting I believe this one was written in one sitting He explained it well in his author s note at the end Almost nothing was based on reality Research, hardly a priority, was rarely called upon Accuracy was not deemed crucial Long paragraphs of fiction were used to avoid looking up facts At 340 pages it s not a quick read, but I believe it was a quick write It s a very shallow book with very shallow characters There s lots of fantasy a [...]

    17. My Grisham fan days are waxing and waning The book begins with a meandering tale It shifts into the story of the smartest man in the world, able to leap tall buildings and learn copious amounts of information in no time flat The plot wasn t bad, but the pay per word spoiled things for me.

    18. This is a mystery suspense novel surrounding a wrongly accused lawyer Malcolm Bannister sent to prison for ten years While in federal prison, he uses his legal knowledge to aide other prisoners with their current legal battles, looking for any loopholes to find them early release When he meets fellow prisoner Quinn Rucker, everything changes for Malcolm.I have been hearing about John Grisham books for quite a while now, so when I picked up this novel to begin reading I felt as if I was a latecom [...]

    19. Oh Grisham, you are back You had me hooked from the first chapter I felt like I was on a continuos road trip and the adventure was thrilling I could almost see Bannister main character having a meeting at the George Washington Hotel or gossiping in one of the Old Towne coffee shops or at his office on Braddock Street in Winchester, VA as this town is my home so it was easy to visualize the places New Market battlefield, Reston, Radford, Roanoke, Fairfax, DC, Frostburg it made it seem real to me [...]

    20. Probably the most contemporary John Grisham book I ve read, not really the better for it though.The Racketeer is relayed partly in the first person which made for a nice change of pace at first However, it ended up being quite slow The story development and building of suspense took so long and was just centering on one main theme There weren t the usual intricacies or the tangled web to be navigated by the reader.Malcolm Bannister, a lawyer, found himself on the wrong side of the law when he ac [...]

    21. Malcolm Bannister is halfway through a ten year prison sentence for money laundering, a crime he only technically and innocently committed When a federal judge is murdered, he senses an opportunity to obtain his freedom, because he knows who committed the crime and why Rules 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows for a prisoner to be pardoned or have their sentence reduced if they can solve another crime His first challenge is getting the attention of the FBI, but eventually he is [...]

    22. The Racketeer is the best Grisham and one of the best crime thrillers I have ever read Written in an easy to read, straight forward style, the plot mixes brilliant complexity and multiple surprises in a high tension manner that doesn t end until the last page That s all I can say, because to say , even a single word, might interfere with the joy I think you will have experiencing this book for yourself.

    23. Contemporary fiction has it easy All of the backstory, including pieces of equipment, structure or organization, are pre constructed and readily available The story can be told with the milieu mostly already prepared In contrast, in the fantasy and science fiction genres, all of these elements cannot be taken for granted and have to be built in the narrative Hence, when one picks up a book such as this, the expectation is for a quicker read with not much work required to imagine the locales and [...]

    24. John Grisham is a genius How many times can you re tell the same story and get people to pay for it each time Grisham has the secret formula Here s Grisham s story checklist 1 Small town lawyer who was wronged by the Feds.2 Lots of cash and shady off shore banking.3 Righting wrong against Feds or evil corporations 4 Bumbling Feds5 Attractive woman who helps small town lawyerThe Racketeer has everything in the Grisham story checklist, but somehow it seems different than The Firm, The Associate, T [...]

    25. I haven t read a John Grisham book in years, not since his most early works I m so glad I decided to read The Racketeer It had me hooked from the first page and after that, well, I couldn t turn the pages quickly enough, keeping me up too late the last couple of nights.The Racketeer is skilfully written, has a engaging story and plot, is nicely paced, has a really clever protagonist in Malcolm Bannister and lots of Feds, I love lots of Feds in a story like this Gotta love those suits This book h [...]

    26. This was my first Grisham read, and I wasn t disappointed I wanted to delve in and really savor every word The beginning was a little slow for me, and the story really picked up towards the end of the second half when you realize that Malcolm Max has ulterior motives.The Racketeer intoduces us to Malcolm Bannister, a convicted felon, spending a 10 year sentence in a low security prison for helping a known criminal purchase a property illegally while Malcolm was dished a tough sentence for the cr [...]

    27. Love John Grisham but this book was all over the place, with a pretty implausible plot and I also find it kind of difficult to follow.I am giving it 3 stars just because Grisham is such a prolific writer that he can be forgiven if he doesn t always hits the mark.If you have not read other Grisham s books I suggest you start with some classic A Time To Kill, The Confessions, The Firm are all wonderful reads if a bid dated now Out of the recent Grisham books, I really enjoy Syca Row, which to me [...]

    28. This was a fun and twisted story where you are never quite sure what is going on Grisham does a good job of crafting an unbelievable tale of a falsely accused victim working our federal system to his advantage and turning his bad luck into gold.

    29. 4 gigantic stars I went back and forward on how to rate this book The story was brilliantly developed with fascinating characters and good writing It sucked me in from the first page and kept my attention to the very last word I took away one whole star because I had a major issue with one thing that made me very uncomfortable and at times irritated But I will come back to that.What I liked Male MC, Malcolm Bannister He is a real son of a gun, master manipulator and a scam artist In real life I [...]

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