In The Racketeer Malcolm Bannister is at the midpoint of a ten-year prison sentence for money laundering when he discovers that he has a chance of getting out. He was, in actuality, a former attorney and innocent of the crime he was charged with, and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
U.S. Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett has become the fifth acting federal judge to be murdered.
Malcolm Bannister knows who is responsible for Judge Fawcett's death, and he knows why the murder was committed.
Judge Fawcett's body, along with that of his lovely secretary, was found inside a cabin on the lake. No signs of struggle, forced entry or obvious clues were left. An almost impenetrable safe inside was found open but devoid of its contents.
The FBI is on the trail, but they have no real leads. Malcolm Bannister has answers for them, but his time in prison and his knowledge as a lawyer tell him to play his cards right. What he knows could set off a series of events no one could predict. He has driving motives, assurance of his own innocence, and information he can barter, providing he can take advantage of some of the provisions within the legal system, specifically Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
The audiobook gives Malcolm's back story and follows his everyday activity as he is caught up in the system.
American writer John Grisham was born in 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Although his dream was to play professional baseball, he ended up getting degrees in accounting and law, practicing criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He served in the state House of Representatives for over ten years. He began writing legal thrillers as a hobby while working at his regular job. His hobby soon became a full-time vocation following the success of his early novels.
Grisham lives with his wife and children in Mississippi and Virginia, where he continues to write.
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? A 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. Download and start listening now!