A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller
A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
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.
© 2012 by Belfry Holdings, Inc.
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 TimesJohn 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 legal literary legend.USA TodayA mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues.Chicago Sun-Times 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
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
“[An] exhilarating tale…Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here.”
New York TimesCritical Acclaim for the Undisputed Master of the Legal ThrillerWith 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
“[The Racketeer] is engaging and illuminating in equal measure.”
“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.”
“As ever, a solid, unflashy performance by Grisham.”
J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.
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- Publisher: Penguin Random House
- ISBN-13: 978-0-307-94326-2