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The Racketeer - John Grisham

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Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.

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 the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small 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 Fawcett and his young secretary.

I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It's a long story.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-five novels, one work of non-fiction, one collection of short stories, and three novels for young readers. His works are translated into thirty-nine languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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      5.0

      I would buy any book John Grisham writes

      By SMAPY

      from Sydney AU

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          John Grisham just gets better & better.

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          4.0

          A bit different

          By perlissima

          from brisbane

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          • Easy To Read
          • In The Grisham Style
          • Page-Turner

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          • 2 Dimensional Characters

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          A different take on a story. He keeps you guessing. I got a little confused in the middle when there was a unexplained sudden diversion in the storyline but it became apparent later. A little implausible.

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          4.0

          A compelling tale

          By Booman

          from Sydney

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

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          • None I Can Think Of

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          A typical John Grisham well written with a great storyline kept me guessing

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          4.0

          Excellent read

          By Brenda the reader

          from Adelaide

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            Good delivery time

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            Electrifying... carries the reader along one track (innocent man seeks exoneration) only to switch on to another (cat-and-mouse caper) halfway through with delicious, frictionless ease. Guardian But this is not a story about a triumph or a miscarriage of courtroom justice. It's the more devious, surprising story of a smart man who gets even smarter once he spends five years honing his skills as a jailhouse lawyer -- and then expertly concocts an ingenious revenge scheme... Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here. New York Times Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He's also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con. Entertainment Weekly

            John Grisham

            One day at the Dessoto County courthouse, John Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

            That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career - and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

            Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction.

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            ISBN: 9781444729764
            ISBN-10: 1444729764
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 400
            Published: 4th July 2013
            Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
            Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.2  x 2.6
            Weight (kg): 0.27
            Edition Number: 1