The Racketeer

Grisham, John

(eBook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Racketeer
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When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why. 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 Fogletree has just become number five. His body was found in the basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies, Judge Fogletree and his young secretary. I did not know Judge Fogletree, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It's a long story.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012.
ISBN: 9780385536882
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Alternate Title: Racketeer (eBook)


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a very poor outing for Grisham, ridiculous plot unbelievable characters and not worth the read. Any book with Grisham's name on it will sell but he totally just mailed this one in. If he doesn't want to make more of an effort than this then I wish he wouldn't bother, he obviously doesn't need the money.

Sep 04, 2014
  • Toox rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like Grisham novels, this one will not disappoint. Easy read - page turner.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A disappointing novel -- I usually enjoy Grisham's novels, but this one is not up to par. The story is too far fetched -- lacks the story line of his other novels."

Feb 12, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be rather slow and plodding; not up to the usual John Grisham standards at all. I gave up as I lost interest.

Feb 05, 2014
  • ottony rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good book, difficult start but once going couldn't put it down :)
Good Read!

Jan 28, 2014
  • patty_at_thelibrary rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I haven't read a Grisham book in quite some time, as a few of his books leave a lot to be desired. So my expectations of this one were not particularly high. But, I loved the Racketeer - it grabbed me from the very first page and carried my interest all the way through. The plot was clever and complex and would make a great movie. In fact, it is one of the best legal thrillers I have read in months.

Jan 26, 2014
  • hrhhall rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am a huge John Grisham fan. However, The Racketeer is a disappointment. It is about 100 pages too long and, unlike most of Grisham's books has been poorly reasearched and editied (how many svelte 125 pound women do you know who can lift a 500 pound casket from a snake infested hole unaided?). Either he was in an off year or he had a different editor than usual. Hoping his next lives up to his past performance.

This book may be interesting for those who are fascinated by the descriptions of interrogations, prison life and jurisprudence. To me it was so boring - I could not read more than half of it. And I tried.

Jan 23, 2014
  • MickeyatFPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good read, but not favorite Grisham book.

Jan 12, 2014
  • sinclair29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book and a good plot. It wasn't my favorite of his but it's worth the read

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