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Synopsis

The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.”—USA Today
 
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
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

Book Reviews

The Racketeer
Average rating
4 / 5
The Raceteer
October 16th, 2015
A book written in similar fashion as previous novels, with a hook or two you don't see coming. Great!
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Another Great Read, by John Grisham
July 5th, 2015
It's one of those books that you can't wait to finish to find out how it ends, but at the same time, you don't want it to end. When I thought I was on the right path of figuring out where the story was going, it went off in a completely different direction. Love John Grisham and looking forward to picking out my next Grisham novel to read.
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1 review
An easy read.
April 4th, 2015
Quite a stretch of imagination for a couple of bozzos to pull anything like this off. Grisham loosing cred For suspensse.
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The Racketeer
February 28th, 2015
A Great story by a great story by a great. Story teller. It is Grisham at his best. only a former lawyer could get this one just right.
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The Racketeer
January 1st, 2015
As usual Mr. Grisham has done a successful job of storytelling - very difficult to put down (for any reason).
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1 person found this helpful
Captivating as always!
October 30th, 2014
It's hard to put down any of Grisham's books. This particular one keeps you captivated for 3/4 of the book. The end becomes obvious too early for my taste though.
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The racketeer
September 1st, 2014
Very good indeed.
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The Racketeer
August 17th, 2014
Lots of twists and turns. Kind of like Shawshank Redemption. Like it a lot and hey how could you say something negative about a Grisham novel, he's a master.
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Smiley
August 8th, 2014
Entertaining light but captivating read
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The Racketeer
August 1st, 2014
Loved it :)
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The Racketeer
June 5th, 2014
Fast paced and a wicked read! Loved it!
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The Racketeer
April 17th, 2014
Perhaps not one of Grisham's best, but still a really good read, I really enjoyed the tale.
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The Racketeer
April 13th, 2014
A splendid thrill ride from John Grisham. This is a compelling and intriguing story of a wrongfully convicted lawyer, Malcolm Bannister, who turns the table on the FBI, and leads them on a wild ride through the small towns of West Virginia, Florida, and the Caribbean Islands. After the murder of a Federal judge leaves the FBI spinning its wheels they are forced to negotiate with the one man who knows the truth about it all! Or does he? Suspenseful, fast paced, and enough deception to keep the reader turning pages through the end, and wanting more!
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The Racketeer
March 16th, 2014
Can see this being made into a movie....a John Grisham page turner with few surprises but an entertaining read.
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The racketeer
March 1st, 2014
You know it's a good read when it is difficult to figure out what is going on. Lol. I enjoyed how it came together.
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The Racketeer
February 10th, 2014
Avery good book. Starts out slow and pick up speed. I would recommend this to everybody. It is pier fiction but in a manner that is awesome. Ends too quickly
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1 review
Excellent plot
February 1st, 2014
Different, captivating. You search for the links and try to connect the dots.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Very tricky plot and a must read book.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Enjoyed it! Fast-paced, smart! Expect nothing less from John Grisham
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January 23rd, 2014
As always, John Grisham keeps you on the edge....never sure of the outcome of the mystery.. Love John Grisham!!!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Intriguing story that keeps you reading to find out what happens next. Fascinating plot that can be followed to the end to give a satisfying conclusion.
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1 person found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book. It kept me interested from the beginning to end; couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns and the ending, of course, is a surprise. I love anything by John Grisham so anyone who loves his books will love to read The Racketeer.
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January 22nd, 2014
I love John Grisham stories and this one was no different a few twists to the story. A good read
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January 22nd, 2014
Another great read from Grisham. Like all crims, Bannister wants out of prison. He has a way to do it, information that the authorities want. Like all Grisham's books, there's a twist. compelling reading, whether you're a lawyer or not.
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
Great easy read. Nothing particularly new if you've read Grisham before but still a reliable good book.
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1 person found this helpful
January 22nd, 2014
I enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into it but was worth the effort. It wasn't my favourite John Grisham book but I would definitely recommend it Grisham's followers.
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January 22nd, 2014
It took me a while to get into this book, but when I had cottoned on to the fact the twist I was hooked. Not John Grishams best, but his stuff is always a good read.
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1 review
Well done
January 3rd, 2014
Great story... Fun twist. I really enjoyed the whole thing.
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1 review
Another winner by John Grisham
January 1st, 2014
A great story with twists and turns. Made my long flight to Toronto go much faster.
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Entertaining
December 27th, 2013
Good book. Well worth the read.
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The Rackateer
December 16th, 2013
Takes awhile but for something good it always does!
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...on "The Racketeer"
December 1st, 2013
Not his most captivating novel but still a great John Grisham read.
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The Racketeer
November 19th, 2013
Second time reading , enjoyed the tale as much as the first time
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The Racketeer
November 19th, 2013
Second time reading , enjoyed the tale as much as the first time
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2 reviews
Great read
November 17th, 2013
I enjoyed reading this book, and was disappointed when I came to the end. It seemed a fast read - a testament to how good a story teller John Grisham is!
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
November 16th, 2013
Very enjoyable, even when the twist revealed itself I want sure...
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1 review
November 15th, 2013
Usually Grisham's novels are hard to put down, but this book is so boring it took me nearly two weeks to get through it.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
November 7th, 2013
Good read. Very entertaining.
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Racketeer
October 20th, 2013
Not one of his best but still very enjoyable Bram
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The Racketeer
October 14th, 2013
Not my favorite John Grisham book. But it was worth finishing.
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1 review
October 11th, 2013
An intricate plot with several unique twist and turns. The story captivates you from the beginning and holds you until the end. John Grisham does it again!
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The Racketeer
October 11th, 2013
Great read, the kind you can't put down. A clever plot that leaves you guessing to the end.
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October 8th, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. I have always been a John Grisham fan and have enjoyed all his books. This one caught me form the very beginning and I couldn't put it down!!!
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Tedious
September 14th, 2013
The narrative style seems stuffed like an undergrad term paper that needs to meet a word count requirement.
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The Racketeer
August 29th, 2013
My first book from this author, I enjoyed it
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The racketeer by john grisham
July 12th, 2013
Easy, fun read, but not one of grisham's best. And i love grisham!
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The raketeer
June 24th, 2013
Love John grisham as always, he does not disappoint
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The Racketeer
June 21st, 2013
This was a fast, enjoyable read. Enough mystery to keep you thinking. Once revealed, I enjoyed the plot and success.
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The Racketeer
June 5th, 2013
It's Grisham doing what Grisham does - tells a story and shows disdain for lawyers and government. As always the little guy wins; I think that's why they call it fiction!
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Not Grisham's Best
May 24th, 2013
Malcolm Bannister is a black lawyer in jail for a crime he did not commit. He's due some justice. When, as a jailhouse lawyer, he becomes aware of the murder of a federal judge and its details, he concocts an elaborate plan to get out of jail and profit from his knowledge. Somehow this novel lacks some of Grisham's usual traits - it's characters are not that likeable or as developed as they could be. Also, the usual level of suspense is missing. Could have used another twist or two of the tale.
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1 review
Another good story by Grisham.
April 6th, 2013
Grisham takes a different approach this time to writing. The lawyer is an inmate in a federal prison. Enjoy
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The Racketeer
March 27th, 2013
Time for Grisham to take a break. Poor writing - Even Grisham comes across as being bored. Too bad
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The Racketeer
March 12th, 2013
A fun book and definitely one for a lazy holiday in the West Indies
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1 review
Great Boook!
March 4th, 2013
As usual, not disappointed by John Grisham. It was difficult to put this book down, there were enough twists to keep me curious. Highly recommended!
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1 review
Really quite great
March 2nd, 2013
I liked this book full of all it's fiction because it is not the cookie cutter courtroom drama we all have come to expect from this author.
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The Racketeer
February 24th, 2013
The book pits a discredited lawyer against the legal and justice system, and guess who wins?
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1 review
Great read, terrible ending
February 20th, 2013
A great page turner but hated how abruptly the story ended.
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Awesome
February 14th, 2013
I figured out most of the plot before it was revealed, except a few minor details. This was definitely not the best book I've read by john grisham, but it was still a great read; there seemed to be more action and excitement, but ironically, I like some of his lest action pack thrillers better.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
February 12th, 2013
John Grisham never disappoints. I have read every book of his and this is definitely a favourite. Great book!
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The Racketeer
February 10th, 2013
Grisham entertaining read.
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The Racketeer
February 9th, 2013
A fast paced well written book. John Grisham does a great job unfolding this twists and turns making you wonder about the characters guilt or innocence. Another Grisham masterpiece, well worth the read.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
February 5th, 2013
As ever, I was swept into the story and effortlessly following along. No challenge, just sheer fun and folly. Who cares if there is no basis in fact. It is fiction after all.
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The Racketeer
January 28th, 2013
Awesome read !
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I love a surprise!
January 14th, 2013
Grisham caught me up in an interesting story of money, intrigue, legal maneuverings and human relationships. The twist at the end was unexpected and novel. Well done! Read it soon, you'll enjoy it to.
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The Racketeer
January 14th, 2013
If you like fiction at a level above the traditional, then read Grisham. I,m not a great fan of fiction, but this was worth it.
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Enough is enough
January 7th, 2013
Grisham has run out of good ideas. This will probably his last book that I read.
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