The Broker by John Grisham

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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.

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 March 9, 2010 by Dell. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction

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And by the finale, when Mr. Grisham halfheartedly returns to the intrigue plot to throw one final whammy, the reader has long since begun rooting for Grandpa Backman's new lease on life.

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If all this sounds familiar to blue-state voters, the author assures us in a note that ''it's all fiction, folks.'' The antihero of the plot is a convicted Washington power broker and erstwhile king of the Capitol Hill lobbyists who has been serving a long term of imprisonment for his role in try...

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Publishers Weekly

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Readers will find an amiable travelogue to Italy and its charms in Grisham's latest. What they won't find are the suspense and inspired plotting that have made the author (<EMPHASIS TYPE=I

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And Mr. Backman is going to have to reach far into his bag of owed favors to find anyone who will help the man they consider to be an irredeemable disreputable, power broker.

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Book Reporter

This thriller is different from anything Grisham has written previously, yet it shares the most important traits that readers expect from a Grisham book --- a fast-paced, entertaining and suspenseful story.

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Entertainment Weekly

The broker of the title, Joel Backman, is technically a lawyer — and like many a Grisham motion filer, he's running for his life — but he doesn't do any lawyering in the book.

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USA Today

The cover of John Grisham's new novel, The Broker, shows the blurred photograph of a man running down a street that is unmistakably European.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Joel Backman is a prisoner in Rudley Federal Correctional Facility.

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Little does Joel realize that the CIA intends to leak .

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Grisham has ventured beyond his trademark legal fare before (think A Painted House, his lawyer-free novel about 1950s Arkansas farm life), but this time he heads toward Clancy territory, tackling hot-button topics like homeland security and intelligence blunders with mixed results.

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Arlington Library

I've read many books by John Grisham and generally like them.

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