John Grisham's novel The Racketeer is set to get a big screen adaptation by Fox 2000 and New Regency. The story centers on a federal judge who is murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows what's really going on is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there.
The film project is being developed by Daniel Espinosa who is also looking to direct it. Espinosa is the same director that brought us films such as Snabba Cash and Safe House. He's currently developing a Soviet-era Russian thriller called Child 44.
Grisham's novels always make for really good movies, so of course I'm looking forward to checking this one out. Sounds like it could be a great thriller. Here's a more detailed description from the book:
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 Fawcett has just become number five.
Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .
Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.
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