The Broker 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 Back... more »man, 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?« less
Certainly not as good as some of Grisham's earlier works, but not the worst either. Like most Grisham novels, best suited for a long trip. The plot stalls quite a bit in the middle (you get about as frustrated as the main character does with the frequent language tutoring scenes), but does pick up at the end. Good premise, mixed execution.
This book is about a person that has possession of information about the powerful and influential. The story will take you to Italy as the character deals with uncertainty, enemies, and the art of hiding and seeking (spying). Truly a wonderful novel to let your mind wander off.
Wonderful book. spell binding!! Cannot put it down
The President has pardon a notorious power broker from Washington. The intrigue heightens when the CIA gets involved because of secrets that the parole might have.
Edge of your seat - up all night reading, what happens next !!
Up till now I have managed never to read anything by John Grisham. No particular reason, just none of book descriptions really appealed to me. But I found THE BROKER in my TBR pile the other day, someone must have given me a copy at one point, so I pulled it out. I won't go into the plot, which I found slow and riddled with holes. Biggest problem, I just didn't have the feeling that the author gave me any insight into the protagonist, what he was planning or what he wanted. He apparently has some sort of moral awakening that makes him a nice guy at the end, but it's hard to say why that happened. I won't be keeping this book.