The Racketeer

The Racketeer

Large Print - 2012
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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 just became 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2012]
ISBN: 9780739378342
0739378341
Branch Call Number: LP F Gris
Characteristics: 467 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Butterfly121761
May 09, 2018

Wasn't a true Grisham page turner for me but it was worth turning the pages and reading to the end.

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writermala
Mar 09, 2018

Not as good as usual Grisham books. I found it slow despite the twists and turns.

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JLHCKY
Mar 07, 2018

I read this book not as a result of the story outline but because it was Grisham. I couldn't understand the title; Wikipedia says "a racket is a planned or organized criminal act ..., often a repeated or continuous criminal operation." Well into it, I asked, "Where's that?" The story circles around Malcolm Bannister, a small-town lawyer in prison for 10 years for money laundering for which he is adamant that he is innocent. To keep himself sane, he serves as a jail-house lawyer. As he approaches his fifth anniversary inside, a federal judge is murdered in rural Virginia. The FBI is stumped, and Malcolm gets word to them that he can identify the killer(s) if he is released and granted immunity. The book reminds me of Agatha Christie's best - a second reading is required. The same for "The Racketeer." A second time would help me understand all the twists and turns!

Great read with some real character development and the usual curt expose of the American justice system ( is that an oxymoron?)

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sharisteiner
May 30, 2016

I usually really like Grisham's books, but this one is way too involved in complexity of main character's Michaevelian (sp?) plots against 2 previous prison "friends" for no explained reason. I've ended up despising Malcolm/Max and wish I'd dropped book in the middle. 2/3rds of it is boring.

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ThanksSPL
Nov 23, 2015

Very entertaining and exciting book with a great ending. How about a little mercy for Nattie?

treblig201 Sep 12, 2015

Must be large type please

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rahmmie
Aug 04, 2015

I really enjoy this type of book and in the hands of an author like Grisham, the tale of Joe Average against the Big Bad Government can make time go by extremely fast, and the book is done before you know it. Great book

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FloEh
Dec 19, 2014

I have to agree with gordonhenry - a very poor outing indeed. I found the plot to be promising(ish) early on but when Grisham has the main character lie in his narration so that you are misguided in what the "real" story is (if there's such a thing in fiction ;->), it's such a disappointment when you realize you've been duped with such a cheap ploy! Wish I had the time back...

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Toox
Sep 04, 2014

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

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eason2002
May 18, 2013

eason2002 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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