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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.
©2012 Belfry Holdings Inc (P)2012 Random House Audio Inc
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Joseph on 12-17-12

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

By Stewart on 01-31-13

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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Mike on 11-18-12

Brilliant Again

I eagerly awaited this release and was not disappointed. Brilliant story – I totally failed to see the final twist. Looking forward to the next novel.

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23 of 23 people found this review helpful

By Lynda on 12-31-12

The Racketeer

Excellent book and excellently read by J D Jackson! So many crime novels are predictable but this one absolutely wasn't. Also, it is quite rare I find to have a narrator who reads so well. Many authors are let down by their readers I think. There is a tendency (particularly with British narrators, I note) to read with a stereotyped stress pattern following a trend in broadcasting these days which lends to misunderstanding of the original meaning. They have a tendency to stress the wrong word eg she LIFTED up the book or she PULLED out the pack of cigarrettes ... infuriating! When American readers read badly it seems to be because they adopt a very bored sounding continuous drone. However, J D Jackson reads supremely well and is an example to follow! Enough ranting ... The story is well crafted, the story pulls you in and the reading is great

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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By Jennifer2 on 10-19-17

Protracted and quite monotonous.

Not one of the better stories. So convoluted that it is an unreal and extremely unlikely tale. It annoyed me that the character squealed on a mate, otherwise I would have returned it.
Grisham was good at one time.

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By Julietted on 05-11-16

Solid book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, it was an interesting book that kept me interested.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It twists and turns and keeps you guessing. Sometimes you wondered what it was all about but it came together in the end.

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Did The Racketeer inspire you to do anything?


Any additional comments?

Not his best but certainly a good listen.

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