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The Racketeer

John Grisham
New York : Doubleday, c2012.
1st ed
0385535147, 9780385535144
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.
343 p. ; 25 cm.
Issued in a trade edition and a "slipcased edition" limited to 300 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: PS3557.R5355 R33 2012: Trade ed. Original dark brown boards with light green backstrip; dust jacket. Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2012/2013.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: PS3557.R5355 R33 2012b: Copy number 3 of the "slipcased" edition, signed by Grisham. Original black leather; "blood splattered" edges; glassine dust jacket; in black cloth covered slipcase, as issued. Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2012/2013.
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