The Brethren by John Grisham

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They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion. Another, for skimming bingo profits. The third for a career-ending drunken joyride. Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich—very fast.

And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam—while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt. A bizarre presidential election is holding the nation in its grips, and a powerful government figure is pulling some very hidden strings. For the Brethren, the timing couldn’t be better. Because they’ve just found the perfect victim.

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

About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Doubleday. 366 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Trumble is a minimum-security federal prison, a "camp," home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals--drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, at least five lawyers.

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the inescapable lawyer-vs.-conspiracy intrigue consists mostly of the CIA keeping a bemused and all-powerful eye on the brethren's pathetically sloppy errand boy, and the ending fizzles to a tame conclusion.

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Entertainment Weekly

What the Brethren don't know is that Aaron Lake's run for the presidency has been financed from the beginning by the CIA -- specifically, by its Machiavellian director, Teddy Maynard, as a part of his scheme to double the U.S. military budget.

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Entertainment Weekly

What the Brethren don't know is that Aaron Lake's run for the presidency has been financed from the beginning by the CIA — specifically, by its Machiavellian director, Teddy Maynard, as a part of his scheme to double the U.S. military budget.

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People

Grisham's 11th novel in as many years features the popular author's favorite narrative scenario—a smalltime lawyer gets trapped in a sinister conspiracy that spins far beyond his control.

Feb 21 2000 | Read Full Review of The Brethren

Austin Chronicle

Moreover, neither the Brethren nor Aaron Lake are written with the redemptive qualities have made Grisham's previous tragic heroes (such as The Firm's Mitch McDeer) so complex and compelling.

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Gather

Having read many of John Grisham's legal thrillers, I just had to pick up a copy of "The Brethren" at a used book sale last Spring.

Jun 17 2009 | Read Full Review of The Brethren

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