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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Critical Acclaim for the Undisputed Master of the Legal Thriller
  • With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions. Entertainment Weekly
  • John Grisham is exceptionally good at what he does—indeed, right now in this country,  nobody does it better . . . Grisham’s books are also smart, imaginative, and funny, populated by complex interesting people, written by a man who is driven not merely by the desire to entertain but also by genuine (if understated) outrage at human cupidity and venality. Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
  • The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end. —Time
  • The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of an entertainment. Los Angeles Times
  • John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days. The New York Times Book Review
  • Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • John Grisham owns the legal thriller. The Denver Post
  • John Grisham is not just popular, he is one of the most popular novelists of our time. He is a craftsman and he writes good stories, engaging characters, and clever plots. The Seattle Times
  • A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues. Chicago Sun-Times
  • A legal literary legend. USA Today
  • “[An] exhilarating tale…Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here.”

    New York Times

  • “[The Racketeer] is engaging and illuminating in equal measure.”

    USA Today

  • “John Grisham’s latest legal thriller possesses all the elements that have already made it a number one bestseller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[A] twisty, precisely plotted legal thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As ever, a solid, unflashy performance by Grisham.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurie Twiehaus | 2/9/2014

    " An excellent story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyceliv | 2/7/2014

    " I liked this one. All his books are good but I liked this one better than most. It was funny and suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison Lassahn | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed it. At times I would read something and wondering if I had forgotten part of the book, but it was just some of the twists and turns in it. Worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Syed | 1/29/2014

    " Very interesting piece of fiction ... keeps you glued to the pages never knowing what to expect and what turns would the story take. "

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