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The Racketeer

Grisham, John (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Racketeer


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When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why. 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.
Authors: Grisham, John
Title: The racketeer
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,25 cm
Summary: When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why. 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.
ISBN: 9780385535144
0385535147
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Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be rather slow and plodding; not up to the usual John Grisham standards at all. I gave up as I lost interest.

Report This Feb 05, 2014
  • ottony rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good book, difficult start but once going couldn't put it down :) Good Read!

Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • patty_at_thelibrary rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I haven't read a Grisham book in quite some time, as a few of his books leave a lot to be desired. So my expectations of this one were not particularly high. But, I loved the Racketeer - it grabbed me from the very first page and carried my interest all the way through. The plot was clever and complex and would make a great movie. In fact, it is one of the best legal thrillers I have read in months.

Report This Jan 26, 2014
  • hrhhall rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am a huge John Grisham fan. However, The Racketeer is a disappointment. It is about 100 pages too long and, unlike most of Grisham's books has been poorly reasearched and editied (how many svelte 125 pound women do you know who can lift a 500 pound casket from a snake infested hole unaided?). Either he was in an off year or he had a different editor than usual. Hoping his next lives up to his past performance.

This book may be interesting for those who are fascinated by the descriptions of interrogations, prison life and jurisprudence. To me it was so boring - I could not read more than half of it. And I tried.

Report This Jan 23, 2014
  • MickeyatEAPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good read, but not favorite Grisham book.

Report This Jan 12, 2014
  • sinclair29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book and a good plot. It wasn't my favorite of his but it's worth the read

Report This Nov 09, 2013
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reasonably entertaining but Grisham usually has a "tight" story line that I love. This seemed to be loosly put together and not as great as his other books. Still... it made for an entertaining read

Report This Aug 17, 2013
  • mroldsalty rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you're a Grisham fan you'll like this one. Slightly better than his average.

Report This Aug 02, 2013
  • BZclub rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent plot John Grisham you have done it again. I have gown-up reading your books. Never have I been disappoint in any book read thus far. Well Done!! Can't waint to read the next one. YOLO reading only excellent authors' work.

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