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? H...more
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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
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
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
The bad: The writing style. Okay, it's been a while since I read Grisham, so maybe all his books were this way and I've just forgotten. But for me it started out really slowly and really boring. (Sorry, Grisham! Not that yo...more
When a federal judge in the southern district of Virginia is killed, along with his “secretary” in a mountain-cabin hideaway, disbarred attorney Malcolm Bannister tells the warden of the minimum security prison, where he is serving a 10-year sentence...more
Meet Malcolm Bannister, age 43, African-American, and an inmate at a federal work camp in Frostburg Maryland. Five years ago, he was a lawyer in the town of Winchester Virginia, making somewhat of living along with two partners. Overzealous federal prosecutors indicted him for violating the Racketeer Influenced...more
Five years into his ten year sentence everything dramatically...more
*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 Ca
I'm not asking because i think Grisham has written a load of rubbish here, but i'm concerned that he could be heading that way. I don't think a first time author would have been able to get this published but then again, maybe i expect too much of him.
The story starts off well enough, but wanders off into a fantasy that just isn't believable. There is an excitement to...more
I’ve lost count of the number of Grisham books I’ve read. "A Time to Kill" was my first and I became an instant fan. But I don’t read every one.
When he deviated from genre and wrote "A Painted House," I followed. I am an eclectic reader that enjoys what many call “literary” books. I was pleased to find that John Grisham could abandon the wor...more
Pros: You root for the characters to win, they become likable from the start. The story keeps moving and just when you feel like it's losing a bit of momentum it picks up again. It's a quick read, and it's fun. The ending is satisfying. Lastly, it's not as predictable as you might think. You might figure out early o...more
Here is a short list of the problems with this book:
1.) The main character is an unlikable hypocrite. Grisham presents Bannister as a character we should root for. A man who was beaten down by the federal government. He really is a deadbeat dad who can't take two minu...more
And then, suddenly, I wasn't. I read two or three of his books that just fell flat. The disappointment was crushing, I felt as though a close...more
He would make an outstanding Senator. Like the retiring Jim Webb (also a thriller writer, but not nearly as good) he could use his offic...more
I haven't read Grisham in years, so I was interested to give The Racketeer a try. In it, a small-town Virginia lawyer -- Malcolm Bannister -- gets caught up with a bad client and gets sentenced to a ten year jail sentence. But when a Federal Judge is murdered (the same judge that put him behind bars) he sees his opportunity to strike a deal with the Feds -- he knows who killed the judge.
The first hundred pages was about 80 percent "telling" and 20 percent "showing" and I...more
When Federal Judge Raymond Fawcett is found murdered execution-style with his latest love interest in a secluded cabin in the Virginia backwoods, the FBI is charged with solving the crime. There are no clues left behind at the scene, except for a heavy-duty safe that has been cleared of its contents. As the pressure to find the killer mounts, the FBI reluctantly turns to disba...more
There was no courtroom drama whatsoever in this one, just the odd tale of a supposedly innocent convict working the sy...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