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The Racketeer PDF by John Grisham

Click Here to Download the Book 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.

Reviews I loved this book I havn't read a Grisham novel in a while and I now remember why I loved them so much. This is him at his best, not in a courtroom this time but in jail. The narrative is from Malcolm Bannister who is a lawyer or should I say a disbarred lawyer who finds himself involved in something beyond his control and ends up in jail. His family seem to have abandoned him and he gets along looking into inmates cases for them whilst working in the library. When the news of the murder of Judge Fawcett filters through the system Malcolm tells the governor he knows the person who did it and why. What follows is a really good and intricate description of how he gets himself out of jail and avoids the FBI at every twist . Why is he slipping their protection and what is he doing with different identities?. The whole plot is not too difficult to follow but great enough to keep you involved. I would recommend it to anyone.

Malcolm Bannister is a former attorney, currently serving time in the Frostburg, Maryland prison camp for money laundering. Trouble is, he swears he's innocent - he just picked the wrong client. License gone, wife gone, everything he had - gone. Five years into his sentence, he may have found a way out. He knows who killed Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett, found dead in his cabin retreat beside an empty safe. Can he bargain the killer's name for his freedom? And what about what was taken from the safe? There's a lot of people after that knowledge...


I love 'heist' and 'sting' type movies such as Ocean's Eleven. Grisham weaves his own take on the heist scenario with The Racketeer. And it's a great piece of storytelling. This is still a 'legal' thriller to a degree, but I think Grisham just had a lot of fun with this one. It's not a serious book, but an entertaining tale. As he says in the author notes at the end: " The Racketeer is indeed a work of fiction. Accuracy was not deemed crucial. Long paragraphs of fiction were used to avoid looking up facts." I chose to listen to this book. J.D. Jackson was the reader and his voice was perfectly suited to the main character. Macolm changes his speech patterns at one point and I did find the slower pace a bit annoying. I just wanted the story to move along. The only reason I'm giving this a four instead of a five is that there was just something about Malcolm I didn't like. He's the one we should be rooting for, but I found him to be pompous and cocky. I never did feel sorry for him. Did he get what he deserved? In his eyes, yes. In mine - not really. I almost felt sorry for the 'bad guy'. I don't know that it was Malcolm's place to mete out judgment. In the end he's no better and his protestations of innocence at the beginning of the book are moot.

John Grisham is a brilliant story teller and it is the story that makes this book so interesting. We have Mal, an lawyer innocent of the Federal crime that has put him in prison for 10 years. Because of the conviction he has lost the wife he loved, the son he adored, the partners her respected and the contentment with his life. He sits in prison with only time on his hands. Then a murder is committed with no clues and he can provide both the perpetrator and the motive. This is his ticket out of prison. Mal is a smart man and a patient one. So starts the story. Grisham starts us readers in one direction but changes and goes somewhere else. We think we are following his story, but something is not making sense. That is the fun of this story. I liked Malcolm (Mal). I liked the way his mind worked. An entertaining read makes the reader both laugh and shake his/her head. Thank you John Grisham for the fun.

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