The Broker

The Broker

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2005-01-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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From 217 Ratings
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In his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems that Backman, in his heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, Who will kill him?

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

Reviews

  • The Broker

    4
    By Donnie55r
    With throw of a dart John Grisham chooses a great place for this character to start his adventures of freedom. The more I read about this guy, the more I come to like him. This is by far one of Grisham's better works. The more I read about Italy, the more I wanted to understand the language and sample the cuisine.
  • Boring...

    1
    By jacardozo76
    I'm a Grisham big fan but this novel has a good theme developed with a boring story. Still, most of Grishams book are awesome, I won't stop reading his books. Just a bad day at the office w/this book.
  • The broker

    1
    By Old aggie70
    Incomplete. Looks like Grisham's purpose was to enjoy Italy and write off the expense. The ending suggests he just got bored.
  • Very great book

    5
    By Luallenj
    This is my first John Grisham book, and I am now a fan, I can't wait to read what else he has to offer.
  • The Broker is a good time.

    5
    By Peggy's reviews
    Time well spent
  • Far from his best work

    2
    By CampBigDog
    I agree with another review that said that the first 20 chapters were pages out of Rosetta Stone. It was painfully slow reading with no real ending. Big fan, but far from his best work.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Lizzylou1982
    One of my favorites. Great characters and a wonderful story. Another great Grisham book.
  • The Broker

    5
    By nickswitz
    Written with the usual smoothness I have come to expect from Grisham, the Broker, has all the twists and turns....changes of fortune and somehow the main character becomes a better human being. I am thinking this last relationship for Backman will be long, happy, and faithful. But the. I believe in redemption for all, even lobbyists.
  • Major Gene

    3
    By Major Gene
    For the first 20 chapters I thought I was reading Rosetta stone. Then the book got good. The last 10 or so chapters flew by. Not his best but if you are Italian or want to practice Italian a good read.
  • Suspenseful exhilarating read

    5
    By Redsoxnumba1
    This book grabbed me by the neck,drew me in and I couldn't wait to get to the next page. A drastic change of pace from his previous books yet He nailed it.

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