The Racketeer

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by J. D. Jackson
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

Critical Acclaim for the Undisputed Master of the Legal Thriller

“With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions.”—Entertainment Weekly

“John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country,  nobody does it better . . . Grisham’s books are also smart, imaginative, and funny, populated by complex interesting people, written by a man who is driven not merely by the desire to entertain but also by genuine (if understated) outrage at human cupidity and venality.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

“The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end. —Time

“The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of an entertainment.” – Los Angeles Times

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“John Grisham owns the legal thriller.”—The Denver Post

“John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots.”—The Seattle Times

“A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“A legal literary legend.”—USA Today


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Hard to get a handle on

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to be read instead of listened to because it was hard to understand what what happening. I became bored easier than I usually do and my mind would wander so I would have to go back a relisten.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I definitely did not know what would happen until the ending.

What aspect of J. D. Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

I don't think his performance was bad. It was just the way the book was written. I usually like John Grisham but I think he is better to read instead of listen to.

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- Cheryl


Listened while driving on a long, wintery repositioning and we enjoyed it. Not the finest literature but enjoyable enough that we both wanted the story on as soon as we were on open highway. The sound on this tape was uneven at times so we had to adjust with the vehicle's sound system periodically to catch key phrases and sometimes we had to reverse to figure out what was said. This isn't a regular problem with audible selections; we just found it an issue for this book.
Definitely woudl order another book by this author and this reader.
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- Margaret

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio