The Racketeer (Paperback)
|Author: John Grisham|
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From the Publisher:
?The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.??USA Today
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is found in his remote lakeside cabin. There is no sign of forced entry or struggle. Just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
One man, a former attorney, knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and why. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, is currently residing in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. Though serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information the FBI would love to know. Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price?and the man known as the Racketeer wasn?t born yesterday.
Praise for The Racketeer
?Exhilarating . . . surprising . . . ingenious.??Janet Maslin, The New York Times
?A satisfying, deeply engrossing thriller in which different forms of justice are ultimately served.??The Washington Post
?Fast-paced . . . with enough startling plot twists?and changes of scenery, from Miami to Montego Bay and beyond?to surprise even the most suspicious reader.??The Wall Street Journal
?Tautly plotted.??Entertainment Weekly
John Grisham woke up at 5:00 every morning for three years to complete his first novel, A TIME TO KILL. Working as a lawyer and a member of Mississippi's state legislature, Grisham published his debut thriller with a small and somewhat unknown publisher, receiving only local readership in his home state. He finally burst on to the national scene with his second novel, THE FIRM, a legal thriller that sold millions of copies and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for 47 weeks. Shortly afterward, Grisham moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he began working on a series of new legal thrillers, including THE PELICAN BRIEF and THE CLIENT, all of which became bestsellers and were subsequently made into successful films. Having graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a law degree in 1981, Grisham went on to base his popular thrillers on his experience as a specialist in criminal defense. His once-unknown debut, A TIME TO KILL, was made into a major motion picture in 1996.
"Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here. Perhaps that's because he hasn't mired this book in excessive research....[T]his author is no slacker. He has simply abandoned the legwork and gone back to what he does best, storytelling rather than crusading." - Janet Maslin 10/18/2012 "The maestro of legal potboilers goes for devilishly Revenge-style thrills in his latest novel...." 10/26/2012 "Bestseller Grisham...is back in top form with this twisty, precisely plotted legal thriller.... The surprises all work, and the action builds to a satisfying resolution." 10/29/2012