The Broker

The Broker

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 2010
ISBN: 9780307575982
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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rwyue
Apr 15, 2019

Since I have read and re-read all his books, especially this one, I just finished reading it for the third time, and every time, I found more and more interesting, and every time I wished that the story would go on further, did Joel ever reunite with his Italian lady friend? This book is full of suspense and somebody should make a movie or TV mini series with it

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linto94
Oct 27, 2017

Found it terrible. Could not hold my interest.

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JLHCKY
Aug 20, 2017

Another gripper from Grisham. High powered lobbyist Joel Backman is serving a 20 year sentence for numerous offences, the most important of which is shopping secrets which could jeopardize the security of the United States. A terrible President in his last days in the White House unexpectedly pardons him. The question is why. The CIA proceeds to hide him in Italy to see which foreign government wants to limit their losses and kill him. Will it be China? The Russians? Others? A great adventure. Even if you don't like the book, you will improve your Italian!

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Jogr77
Jul 27, 2017

Enjoyed this fast moving story. Would like to see a sequel to find out where the main character ended up.

I found this book slow moving and had trouble finishing it. It reads more like a travel book on Italy and Bologna. The ending was rather weak too.

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rahmmie
Nov 21, 2015

Not one of his best. A bit slow at times but still entertaining and an enjoyable read

Ham625 Jan 21, 2015

A real page turner with good characters and a continuing suspenseful plot. Excellent , as usual.

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rebeccajmoran
Aug 26, 2014

I love a good John Grisham book as much as anyone, but half of this book is about a guy learning Italian, and the other half isn't much better.

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tavkaa
Jan 30, 2014

Loved It!

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bstudent
Apr 26, 2011

A very good story, well told. Yes, it has spies and espionage but it doesn't read like a typical spy novel. Again, it's a good story told well. Maybe my personal favorite by Mr. Grisham.

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