The Racketeer - John Grisham

The Racketeer

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2012-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 8.33 MB
Score: 4
From 502 Ratings

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The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.”—USA Today
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


  • A real page turner

    By Joteen7
    I looked forward to getting back to this book and learning what element of this clever scheme was going to be unveiled next. Highly recommended.
  • Political comments

    By fgouin
    Good. As usual. But Grisham should leave out the field of far-right political comments: this seems totally out-of-place in this easy beach reading.
  • Not so much

    By Smaltze
    A little too predictable and the self-righteousness is a little tiring
  • lazy

    By Reads a lot 2008
    In his author's notes, he refers to "the laziest of authors" and must be talking about himself...this one was an unremarkable bland and otherwise forgettable time waster when compared to other spellbinding works of art from John Grisham...not worth the effort of turning the pages.
  • Great read

    By FernyD
    Loved the story. Good characters and nicely tied up at the end. Enjoyed it. Nice work Grisham.
  • Good read

    By Ghkvhj
    Easy to read and I flew through it.
  • The racketeer

    By stumacp
    As with most Grisham books, this was definitely a page turner. Great characters and delicious twists here and there to keep you guessing. And a satisfying ending - enough said. I can't wait until the next one!
  • Meh

    By Brennan Bird
    Lazy writing, underwhelming and predictable story. Could not wait for it to end so I could go back to reading good books.
  • Lazy writing

    By Techedit
    At the end of this book, Grisham refers to himself as a lazy writer, and that is how this book reads.
  • The Racketeer

    By Riversidegord
    An OK read. Certainly not his best! Wordy with lots of unnecessary fill. I wouldn't ever take the time to read it again or recommend it to others. It is one of those books where you are glad it's over!