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...more
PUBLISHER- DOUBLES DAY
RELEASE DATE - OCT 23 2012.
GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THEY DO AND THE CONTROVERSIES THAT 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 just became number 5.
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 tr...more
The Feebees are right outta Mayberry, the "hero" is a DICK and none of the story is even remotely credible. Grisham didnt even try. The book starts with the feds being...more
When I looked on the back of the book describing the plot, I almost put it back on the shelf. It sounded so similar to The Pelican Brief. A dead judge..environmental issue...but reading further I...more
Contemporary fiction has it easy. All of the backstory, including pieces of equipment, structure or organization, are pre-constructed and readily available. The story can be told with the milieu mostly already prepared. In contrast, in the fantasy and science fiction genres, all of these elements cannot be taken for granted and have to be built in the narrative. Hence, when one picks up a book such as this, the expectation is for a quicker read with not much work required to imagine the locales...more
When I read the synopsis of THE RACKETEER, I was curious. I do like a good legal/mystery thriller, and I was totally ready to be entertained by this Audio-book. This story was simply good and kept me captivated till almost to the end. I just had expected a big-bang ending, a not-so predictable happy end - (that’s just me). Honestly, I was exp...more
O Manipulador pode não me ter prendido de imediato mas a maneira como Grisham adicionou lentamente as peças do seu intrincado puzzle deixou-me cada vez mais impaciente para o ver concluído. O enredo é não só inteligente e original mas quase labiríntico. Contudo, a complexi...more
Despite having seen it before, it's still fun to watch Grisham's main character (former lawyer and wrongly imprisoned Malcolm Bannister) execute an end-run around the powers-that-be. It is well a thought-out and executed scenario that while unrealistic at times, leaves the reader in a wistful mode wishing it could be so, as Bannister is likeable and has the reader rooting for him.
Midway through the novel, the plot...more
At 340 pages it's not a quick read, but I believe it was a quick "write." It's a very shallow book with very shallow characters. There's...more
This book is purely a fiction –...more
Several problems with this book.
1. Our "hero" is such a jerk that there is no way any decent person could root for him. He is a liar, con man, thief, deadbeat Dad, manipulator, and a slew of other things I can't think of right now.
2. Malcolm's actions lead to the unjust incarceration, beating, and torture of one of the characters in the book. Whil...more
Der Anwalt Malcolm Bannister ist eher zufällig in eine Geldwäschegeschichte reingeraten. Doch mitgehangen mitgefangen - wie man so schön sagt. In einem großen Prozess wurde er mitverurteilt, zu zehn Jahren. Und nun hat er bereits fünf Jahre davon abgesessen, doch die restlichen fünf erscheinen ihm definitiv zu lang. Da spielt ihm das Schicksal einen Trumpf in die Hände, denn nach Artikel 35 eines US-Bundesgesetzes kann die Reststrafe erlassen werden, wenn er einen anderen Verbrecher an...more
The writing style is a little unique and I've noticed it in...more
The first part of the book was interesting as it explored, in a very deadpan way, the thoughts (but not...more
As far as the story goes, it caught my attention initially and I was on board by page 50 but towards the last quarter, it dragged quite a bit. I found myself sticking with it mostly because I had invested so much time in the first portion of the...more
When Judge Raymond Fawcett is murdered and his safe is emptied, the FBI scrambles to solve a crime with very little evidence. Then comes an offer from Malcolm Bannister, a former attorney who is serving time in a Federal prison camp for money laundering. Bannister says he knows who did it and why, but he wants a deal.
I enjoyed this clever story, which carries the reader through a plot that seems straightforward and evokes sympathy for Bannister’s seemingly wron...more
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more