The Racketeer

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by J. D. Jackson
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Number One bestseller John Grisham returns with his most suspenseful thriller yet.
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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.
His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.
I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why.
I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.
It's a long story.

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What the Critics Say

"Grisham is brilliantly comic in a novel that is full of zest and brimming with memorable characters and rich storylines." (The Sunday Times)
"Superbly plotted legal thriller." (Sunday Express)
"The best thriller writer alive" (Ken Follett, Evening Standard)

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Hung Jury

I could not reach a unanimous decision on this book.

The Racketeer kept me engaged throughout, yet as I listened I found myself waiting for drama that did not eventuate. Not that there wasn't drama in this book, it just wasn't as dramatic as I expected. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the surprise ending a bit unrewarding.

J.D. Jackson was excellent, keeping the characters nicely separated within a predominantly first-person narrative.
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- Joseph

Held my interest right to the very last word

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a great story, so many twists and turns that you wouldn't expect. Easy to follow and a great thriller


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

The unexpected story line held you captivated right to the end


What does J. D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jackson was easy to listen to, believable, his voice fitting the Characters and the pace of the book.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was all good


Any additional comments?

Well written, kept you interested and captivated to the very end. My only regret was that the book finished. Loved it!!!

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- Stewart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2012
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton