The Broker (Paperback)

Author: Grisham, John

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With 14 years left on a 20-year sentence, notorious Washington power broker Joel Backman receives a surprise pardon. But Backman has serious enemies from his past. As the CIA watches him closely, the question is not whether he will be killed, but rather who will kill him first. Available in a tall Premium Edition. Reissue.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780345532008
SKU 220937381
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345532007
Release Date 3/27/2012
Author Info
John Grisham
John Grisham woke up at 5:00 every morning for three years to complete his first novel, A TIME TO KILL. Working as a lawyer and a member of Mississippi's state legislature, Grisham published his debut thriller with a small and somewhat unknown publisher, receiving only local readership in his home state. He finally burst on to the national scene with his second novel, THE FIRM, a legal thriller that sold millions of copies and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for 47 weeks. Shortly afterward, Grisham moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he began working on a series of new legal thrillers, including THE PELICAN BRIEF and THE CLIENT, all of which became bestsellers and were subsequently made into successful films. Having graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a law degree in 1981, Grisham went on to base his popular thrillers on his experience as a specialist in criminal defense. His once-unknown debut, A TIME TO KILL, was made into a major motion picture in 1996.
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"The spy-versus-spy intrigue is well constructed and fast-paced."
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Annotation The master of the legal thriller moves out of the courtroom for this spy novel set in Italy. Having lost his re-election campaign in a landslide, President Morgan is in the last few hours of his term when elderly CIA director Teddy Maynard strong-arms him into granting a pardon to imprisoned Joel Backman, who refused to specify to whom he sold intel about a highly classified satellite system. The CIA hopes to determine this information by allowing Backman to leave the country, quietly revealing his location in Bologna, and waiting to see which country sends assassins after him.
First Line In the waning hours of a presidency that was destined to arouse less interest from historians than any since perhaps that of William Henry Harrison (thirty-one days from inauguration to death), Arthur Morgan huddled in the Oval Office with his last remaining friend and pondered his final decisions.
Editors Note In his final hours in the Oval 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 Backman, in his power broker 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?From the Hardcover edition.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0422
Publisher Dell Publishing Company

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