The Racketeer onlineTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/196HgCtOverviewGiven the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surroundthem, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in thehistory 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 untimelydemise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Formerattorney. 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 anace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. Thejudge’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. Andone 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 wouldlove to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosiveas the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeerwasn’t born yesterday . . .Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novelfrom John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.ReviewsSometimes John Grisham gets it exactly right. The Racketeer joins the list of ATime to Kill: A Novel, The Rainmaker, and The Appeal of lawyers lawyer booksthat delight with every page.Meet Malcolm Bannister, age 43, African-American, and an inmate at a federalwork camp in Frostburg Maryland. Five years ago, he was a lawyer in the town ofWinchester Virginia, making somewhat of living along with two partners.Overzealous federal prosecutors indicted him for violating the RacketeerInfluenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, otherwise known as RICO, and whenthe dust had settled Bannister found himself on the wrong end of a ten yearsentence. That Bannisters "crimes" were essentially illusory is beside the point. Ajury, under the gun of the so-called "shotgun charge" read to deadlocked panels,convicted him and his appeals have run their course. Malcolm is gonna finish outhis time, and then return to a world without his profession, wife and kid.
There are only two things for an inmate with the skills of Bannister to do-practicea little jailhouse law and scheme to get out.The opportunity for the second comes with the murder of a United States DistrictJudge in Roanoke. Killing a federal judge is a very serious offense. In fact only foursitting federal judges have been killed in our nations history-all within the lastthirty years. I actually appeared before one of those judges Robert Vance of theEleventh Circuit. A classmate of mine from law school was appointed to representhis assassin and I followed his trial and conviction closely. So when I say as a triallawyer in the federal courts for thirty seven years that this book is incrediblyauthentic, I have a substantial basis for that opinion. Lawyers reading this bookwill recognize the cast of characters from lawyers, inmates, U.S. Marshals, FBIagents, judges and corrections officers. It is absolutely spot on.It is also incredibly imaginative. Grisham always tells a good story, but this one isquite special. Pick it up today.Malcolm Bannister is a 43-year-old ex-lawyer serving time in a US prison afterbeing convicted for money-laundering. He is innocent, the most he should havebeen charged with was gross naiveté, but he was but one person in a larger FBIsting. He has lost everything, his wife who said she would stand by him but filedfor divorce eight months and six days into his sentence, his young son, his career,his friends and most of his family.Five years into his ten year sentence everything dramatically changes. In theoutside world Judge Raymond Fawcett is discovered dead with his secretary in hislakeside retreat, both of them shot execution style. The FBI quickly run out ofcredible leads, but then Malcolm comes forward to say that he knows the identityof the killer – eager to do a deal that will have him start over in WitnessProtection. Amazingly the FBI make the deal and Malcolm Bannister with differentpaperwork, money and some plastic surgery is transformed into Max Baldwinabout to start a new life on the outside.But have the FBI really found the killer? Things are about to take yet another turnand it all hinges on the empty safe found by the dead judge’s body...
John Grisham delivers another page-turning, highly enthralling read that has anunmistakable air of authority. It may be fiction, but you rail against the injustice inUS prisons, the stupidity of much of the sentencing and the waste of good lives.But at the same time you get the chance to cheer on the underdog when he takeson the big guys in a plan that is only clear at the very end. This is a wonderfulread!Excellent book. Always know that there will be unexpected twists and turns in theplot. Fast-paced, couldnt put it down. Grisham has not lost his touch!Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimelydemise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Formerattorney. 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 anace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. Thejudge’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. Andone 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 wouldlove to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosiveas the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeerwasn’t born yesterday . . .Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novelfrom John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.In my opinion, one of the best John Grisham novels ever. Lots and lots of thrillsand excitment. Everything flows from page to page. The subject is facinating andvery engaging -- and very unusual. At times, one could quibble with some of theaction details and wonder if what just happened could really happen in the realworld, but the book is so well written and engaging that those minor "concerns"receed into the background very, very quickly and become fully believable.
While "The Racketeer" is not as culturally important or as serious as Grishamsprevious best novel, "A Time to Kill," it still may be one of his best story lines andbest books ever -- and that is saying a lot considerating how many excellent andexciting books he has produced. It is very well written.It is also amazing to me that Grisham keeps coming up with unique story lines andcharacters. Everything Grisham produces seems new -- like every book is from afirst time novelist, rather than from a seasoned pro.If you are looking for a good, fun book to read on a rainy winter day that willengrouse you, you cannot do better than this book.Oh Grisham, you are back!!!!You had me hooked from the first chapter. I felt like I was on a continuos road tripand the adventure was thrilling. I could almost see Bannister (main character)having a meeting at the George Washington Hotel or gossiping in one of the OldTowne coffee shops or at his office on Braddock Street in Winchester, VA (as thistown is my home) so it was easy to visualize the places (New Market battlefield,Reston, Radford, Roanoke, Fairfax, DC, Frostburg) - it made it seem more real tome.About half way through the book, I was wondering where the story was taking me,but Grisham wasnt done with this reader, not by a long shot, just another bend inthe road. I did get a little feeling of The Firm as I was reading along, as othersmight. After reading though, I felt like people might say "those back woodsVirginians are nothing by criminals". Im pretty sure we arent all criminals or backwoodsy, but if were like Bannister, damn were smart!No-spoilers alert! This book is too good to interfere with the suspense and plottwists. You will get more info from the book jacket or other reviews than you willfrom me. I try not to read other reviews before writing my own so I can give myuntainted opinion.The Racketeer is pure entertainment. I couldnt put it down. Grisham is a masterstoryteller and tale-weaver. There isnt a deep background message or agenda as
perhaps in The Confession, The Appeal, or his non-fiction An Innocent Man. Hedoes take jabs at prison life and Federal big govmint. (Why the threat ofincarceration doesnt keep even the most amoral human beans somewhat law-abiding is beyond me.)The plot twists and turns with suspense through the entire book. What next?! Howwill it end?! Im not a rabid Grisham fan. Ive read eight or so of his books, seensome of the movies. I never feel like either I or Grisham are in a rut with hisbooks. This one does not drag, bore, or tire.Buy this book at a discount or borrow it from your library. (Sorry John.) Why?Because voracious readers and/or Grisham fans will devour it in short order. Anysex and violence is lightly done so your mom (or mine) is not likely to be offended.I highly recommend this book for light, escapist reading. I give it five out of fivestars for an easy on the eyes well-told tale.It has been a few years now since I have discovered John Grisham, the oncelawyer-turned best-selling author, with his novel The Partner. To this day thatbook tops my list of best endings in a novel. Since flying through that book a fewyears back, I have always tried to read Grishams latest novels that are releasedevery fall. This year, with the release of The Racketeer, I am very glad that I did,as I now have a new favorite from the author.I could review a book simply by how long it takes me to read it. If I can knock itout in less than three days, its difficult to give it less than a five-star review. Thatmeans that it kept me up at night, was brought along on even the shortest roadtrips to the grocery store and one that I didnt stop thinking about until I wasfinished with the last page. Its been awhile since I got my hands on a book likethat. The Racketeer broke the streak.Amazon.com interviewed Grisham and asked him to describe the book in onesentence, and he said, "A federal judge is murdered, and our hero in prison knowswho did it, and why." It would be hard to explain this story in two sentenceswithout giving too much away. In short, though, and not to give away anyspoilers, The Racketeer is a story about life in prison, the government, scams,gans, racketeering (of course) and contains twists and turns until the final page.What I really like about Grisham is that even though he knows so much about the
legal system and could write a legal thriller that would easily go over our heads,he uses enough laymens terms and explains what he is talking about enough thatthe story can be enjoyed by almost anyone. His writing style is one of the best andI was hooked with this story on the first page, and thats no exaggeration.The story begins with Malcolm Bannister, a man who has been in prison for 10years for a crime he didnt commit. He is about halfway through his term when wemeet him, and it doesnt take long for the reader to find out that he has a fewtricks up his sleeve to get himself out early. Malcolm reads that a federal judge iskilled and claims to know the person that committed the crime, and plans to usethe information to get himself out of prison. But thats just the very beginning.If you have read Grisham in the past you know how he writes and how he cantwist a story and withhold information for the sake of the plot. This novel is nodifferent but it doesnt happen too often that it becomes annoying, and its theperfect amount to keep the reader guessing.OK. Now THIS is what I expected from a "John Grisham" book. If you read myreview of "The Litigators" by Grisham, you would know that I was not impressedwith his work. I will say that many people raved of his books. I did not read "TheFirm" but I did watch the movie and was, as many, surprised at the twists andturns of that story. This was going to be the last chance I gave Grisham. Man am Iglad I did so.This book, as apparently many others of Grisham, involve lawyers. It is wellwritten and to me, a page turner. The book is essentially divided into two partsand in reality, three. The first section deals with Malcom Bannister a former lawyerin a Federal Prison for racketeering charges. He claims to be innocent. He hasserved 5 years and his wife has left him and subsequently re-married. Malcom isthe prison librarian and the unofficial adjunct attorney. The prison is what isknown as a "Federal Country Club" since there are no fences or barbed-wire.A Federal judge is murdered and Malcolm sees a way he may be able to use thisas a way out of prison. Utilizing Rule 35 stating that a prisoner helping solve acrime committed outside can be given commuted sentence and even witnessprotection. Malcolm is able to give the Feds a name of the murderer but ONLYafter he is guaranteed release.
As always, nothing is as it seems and soon Grisham spins a web of intrigue thatinvolves private jets, Caribbean islands, murder, lies, and twists. The secondsection of the book is the one that builds the story up to the great reveal in thethird section.Malcolm Bannister is a former attorney, currently serving time in the Frostburg,Maryland prison camp for money laundering. Trouble is, he swears hes innocent -he just picked the wrong client. License gone, wife gone, everything he had -gone. Five years into his sentence, he may have found a way out. He knows whokilled Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett, found dead in his cabin retreat beside anempty safe. Can he bargain the killers name for his freedom? And what aboutwhat was taken from the safe? Theres a lot of people after that knowledge...I love heist and sting type movies such as Oceans Eleven. Grisham weaves hisown take on the heist scenario with The Racketeer. And its a great piece ofstorytelling. This is still a legal thriller to a degree, but I think Grisham just had alot of fun with this one. Its not a serious book, but an entertaining tale.As he says in the author notes at the end: " The Racketeer is indeed a work offiction. Accuracy was not deemed crucial. Long paragraphs of fiction were used toavoid looking up facts."I chose to listen to this book. J.D. Jackson was the reader and his voice wasperfectly suited to the main character. Macolm changes his speech patterns at onepoint and I did find the slower pace a bit annoying. I just wanted the story tomove along.The only reason Im giving this a four instead of a five is that there was justsomething about Malcolm I didnt like. Hes the one we should be rooting for, but Ifound him to be pompous and cocky. I never did feel sorry for him. Did he getwhat he deserved? In his eyes, yes. In mine - not really. I almost felt sorry for thebad guy. I dont know that it was Malcolms place to mete out judgment. In theend hes no better and his protestations of innocence at the beginning of the bookare moot.
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