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.
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By Lynda on 31-12-12
Excellent book and excellently read by J D Jackson! So many crime novels are predictable but this one absolutely wasn't. Also, it is quite rare I find to have a narrator who reads so well. Many authors are let down by their readers I think. There is a tendency (particularly with British narrators, I note) to read with a stereotyped stress pattern following a trend in broadcasting these days which lends to misunderstanding of the original meaning. They have a tendency to stress the wrong word eg she LIFTED up the book or she PULLED out the pack of cigarrettes ... infuriating! When American readers read badly it seems to be because they adopt a very bored sounding continuous drone. However, J D Jackson reads supremely well and is an example to follow! Enough ranting ... The story is well crafted, the story pulls you in and the reading is great
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By Joseph on 17-12-12
I could not reach a unanimous decision on this book.
The Racketeer kept me engaged throughout, yet as I listened I found myself waiting for drama that did not eventuate. Not that there wasn't drama in this book, it just wasn't as dramatic as I expected. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the surprise ending a bit unrewarding.
J.D. Jackson was excellent, keeping the characters nicely separated within a predominantly first-person narrative.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Stewart on 31-01-13
Held my interest right to the very last word
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, a great story, so many twists and turns that you wouldn't expect. Easy to follow and a great thriller
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?
The unexpected story line held you captivated right to the end
What does J. D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jackson was easy to listen to, believable, his voice fitting the Characters and the pace of the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It was all good
Any additional comments?
Well written, kept you interested and captivated to the very end. My only regret was that the book finished. Loved it!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful