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The Broker: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | March 27, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Broker: A Novel is rated 2.6111 out of 5 by 18.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.48 × 4.19 × 1.04 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532007

ISBN - 13: 9780345532008

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bestseller by reputation I'm afraid that this book is a manifestation of an author who is trying to crank out too many books for too much money. There is very little of the Grisham of old. Very little suspense, very little intrigue and too much fluff. Sure, it flows along very nicely, but I expect more than that. I expect to be drawn in, and I expect to have my socks knocked off. This book just doesn't do it. It makes me want to visit Italy, but that's about it. Sorry. This one left me feeling like he didn't really care about much except finishing it. That's how I felt, too - but for all the wrong reasons.
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read - hard to put down Grisham is at his best with a new twist. In this book, his legal experience takes a back seat to a new enviroment of international mystery and Grisham hits a home run.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Captivating Read it over two work trips in airports, airplanes and hotels. Very easy read pulled you in early and never let you down.
Date published: 2007-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes Me Want to be There What I loved about this book was Grisham's ability to really take me to the little town in Italy where the story took place. It actually makes me want to go there and eat in all these nice restaurants and have a nice cappuccino. The ending was a bit disappointing and it lacked a bit of action. When the summary spoke about the different nations that were supposedly after the broker, I was expecting more to action to come from that. It was an overall "ok" novel.
Date published: 2007-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent novel i REALLY enjoyed this book. I expected it to be quite boring but it was surprisingly not!!!! I love john grishams writing. This book makes me hope that the united states actually doesn't do stuff like this. There were few main characters so you really get involved with them while reading it and i found myself thinking "what are you doing joel, or turn right" kind of like watching a movie. Overall, i recommend this book to john grisham fans.
Date published: 2006-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from John Grisham Is At The Top Of His Game Although I've heard that several people didn't find this to be up to par with his other novels, I think this is easily one of John Grisham's best. The story is great, and he's clearly done his homework when it came to the Italian landscape. It doesn't take place in a courtroom like many of his other novels, but he's paid the same amount of attention when writing it.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from '' I lost it'' Well Mister John Grisham what happened to the thrillers I was accustomed to,I brought this book on vacation for my two weeks stay at a Paradise inn,and I was sure to have the best with me as I love you and your books,but The Broker wasn't at all my cup of tea, after only sixty pages I had to by another book for my stay, but I had my heart set on you , so I didn't enjoy the other one either.The Broker as broken my holidays because it was to long and the story itself wasn't you... But I will continue to love your books I await the next one with anticipation,thanks.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip It If you loved The Client, The Partner, A Time To Kill, or The Runaway Jury, you will be best to skip this book and keep you high opinion of Grisham's work. It doesn't even read like a Grisham novel, it's so steeped in politics and spy lingo, with characters you can't really root for so why would you care about the outcome?
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Boring! I always expect a great book from such a well known author but I have to say I was quite disappointed in this book. I kept waiting for the book to pick up but it just seemed to be so dull I think the only thing I really got out of it was learning a couple of italian phrases. I wouldn't recommend this book try something else.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favorite Grisham Absolutely thrilling. The best of his books and one of my overall favorite books. A must read. A book that will keep you awake at night until you finish it.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Broker Slow pace, boring, would not recommend
Date published: 2006-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointment Grisham should stick to writing about lawyers and law involving domestic intrigue and issues. I have read several of his previous books and they were all interesting, fast moving and informative. It was clear that Grisham was in unfamiliar territory from the start. Worse than a bad and implausible story line, the book could have been shortened by more than 200 pages if he had avoided a completely unnecessary foray into the learning of the Italian language and a Michelin Guide tour of northern Italy tourist sites and restaurants! The coup de grace was having the Defence Intelligence Agency run by a Major instead of a three star general - a modicum of research would have established the proper hierarchy. While the book could have survived his complete lack of knowledge (lazy or indifferent research)regarding “technical and intelligence issues”, it could not survive its largely aimless wandering between chapter 8 and 28.
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beutiful Text Amazing Book never have read a better one
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from dissapointment When you read a Grisham book you do not expect great literature. You do expect a good story, a fast pace and a pleasant diversion. This book is none of those things. Our Hero ends up in Northern Italy in a totally unbelievable way. The book then becomes a sort of travelogue that suggest that the author was trying to finance a European vacation under the guise of “research”. I bought this book where most people buy Grisham novels. I bought it in an airport. I should have bought a magazine. The stories are better.
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read This is an excellent and rewarding read for anyone who enjoys a 'tale of a different sort'. While in many respects, a departure from Mr. Grisham's previous works and admittedly slower paced, it ably demonstates the authors versatility as an accomplished writer. I enjoyed very much his characterizations and especially his wonderful descriptions of Bologna. I also enjoyed the mini-language course in Italian and the descriptions of Italian cuisine and culture. Molta Bene! In spite of the author's humble admissions, only personal experience and indepth research could offer such vivid descriptions and detailed accuracy. The story was very true to life in terms of Joel Backman's character portrayal and the personal adjustments and difficulties post imprisonment. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to experience this author as more than ' a one trick pony' as he has sometimes been unfairly labelled. This is not his usual 'lawyer/courtroom' drama. However, it will appeal to many as did his book ' A Painted House' of a few years ago. Kudos, Mr. Grisham. I definitely look forward to reading this book again and await your next artistic 'surprise' with bated breath.
Date published: 2005-10-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Mistake Indeed In the Author's Notes, Grisham states, If something in this novel approaches accuracy, it's probably a mistake. Grisham also tells us that the only research he did for the book was going to Italy and sampling the local cuisine with his friend. Not surprisingly, most of the book is spent going to restaurants with the novel's protagonist. It is truly unfortunate when an author can get away with such lazy work ethics and still have a bestseller. Other writers (Jeffery Deaver, Greg Iles, and Kathy Reichs come to mind) spend a great deal of effort researching their books, and it shows in the finished product. What we have here is a lazy , amateurish, hack-job. Grisham's strength has always been his ability to write sympathetic characters. In this book I doubt many readers will care what happens to the main character as he is so grossly bland. If you are looking for a good spy novel stick with Robert Ludlum.
Date published: 2005-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't read Obviously, John Grisham has cranked too many books out and is out of ideas. This story just wanders around Italy mostly without any real body. After finishing the book, I still couldn't tell what it was about. Not the usual twist at the end. Don't waste your time or money
Date published: 2005-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stick to the Law As Grisham admits in his acknowledgements, his expertise is not in espionage or technology, yet he has tried to follow in the footsteps of some other popular authors with this type of book. It works, but it is simply not Grisham. The book tells the tale of a pardoned criminal who is transported out of the country by the CIA, apparently to be watched more thoroughly. The reader discovers a little about the main character's past transgressions, as well as the CIA plot to have him killed, but the focus remains on the new life offered in Italy. Constantly hiding his true identity and trying to fit into the culture of small-town Italia, Grisham paints an enticing picture of living a string of lies to save himself. The whole book centres around this new life, with hints of how the CIA is broadcasting to certain governments the location of their recent pardonee, however we're left waiting to see who will kill him in the end; the Russians, the Chinese, the Israelis, or even the Americans. Grisham ought to stick to those types of books that have brought him fame; ones with a true legal thread. While not poorly written, it does not compare to Grisham in his prime. Have we perhaps finally seen the end of the legal road for Johnny?
Date published: 2005-02-03

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The Broker: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.48 × 4.19 × 1.04 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532007

ISBN - 13: 9780345532008

About the Book

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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1 In the waning hours of a presidency that was destined to arouse less interest from historians than any since perhaps that of William Henry Harrison (thirty-one days from inauguration to death), Arthur Morgan huddled in the Oval Office with his last remaining friend and pondered his final decisions. At that moment he felt as though he''d botched every decision in the previous four years, and he was not overly confident that he could, somehow, so late in the game, get things right. His friend wasn''t so sure either, though, as always, he said little and whatever he did say was what the President wanted to hear. They were about pardons—desperate pleas from thieves and embezzlers and liars, some still in jail and some who''d never served time but who nonetheless wanted their good names cleared and their beloved rights restored. All claimed to be friends, or friends of friends, or die-hard supporters, though only a few had ever gotten the chance to proclaim their support before that eleventh hour. How sad that after four tumultuous years of leading the free world it would all fizzle into one miserable pile of requests from a bunch of crooks. Which thieves should be allowed to steal again? That was the momentous question facing the President as the hours crept by. The last friend was Critz, an old fraternity pal from their days at Cornell when Morgan ran the student government while Critz stuffed the ballot boxes. In the past four years, Critz had served as press secretary,
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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?

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

“Most and best of all, it’s Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author’s command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose.”—The Boston Globe
 
“[Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does. . . . Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better.”—The Washington Post
 
“Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow.”—New York Daily News