The Broker (Hardcover)
|Author: John Grisham|
|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?
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After being abruptly pardoned by a lame duck president, a notorious former Washington powerbroker is released from prison and smuggled out of the country, given a new identity, and hidden in a small town in Italy, but old enemies from the past are out to destroy him and his new life. 2,800,000 first printing.
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.
"The spy-versus-spy intrigue is well constructed and fast-paced." - Alan M. Dershowitz 01/09/2005
Best Grisham in years!1/5/2005
Through a friend in the industry I was able to get a copy of "The Broker" and I think it is Grisham's best thriller since the Firm! the basic premis is, During his waining hours in office a lame duck President of the United States pardons Joel Backman from Federal Prison. The Pardon creats a firestorm of controversy as Backman is a notoriuos political power broker who has spent the last half dozen years in prison for his crimes. What is not known is that the president's hand was forced by the CIA as Backman apparently has secretes that compromise the US satalite surveillance system. The CIA has come up with a plan to get handle the situation. Once Backman is released with a new name and Identity and home, the CIA release information about him and his wherabouts to the Russians, Isralis, Suadis, and Chinese. The question now is how will kill Mr. Backman? The story takes off from here with plenty of twists and turns, but I wont spoil the story! The author does a great job of mixing action with the suspense and some decent character development - just don't expect too much! I also enjoyed the international tone of the book. I also recommend "A Tourist in the Yucatan" fun thriller!
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