The Broker

The Broker

eBook - 2010
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With fourteen years left on a twenty-year sentence, notorious Washington power broker, Joel Blackman, receives a surprise pardon from a lame-duck president. He is smuggled out of the country on a military cargo plane, given a new identity, and tucked away in a small town in Italy. But Blackman has serious enemies from his past. As the CIA watches him closely, the question is not whether he will be killed, but rather who will kill him first.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, [2010]
ISBN: 9780307575982
Branch Call Number: 813.6 22


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Aug 22, 2019

This book didn't make any sense to me. Why the intense language lessons? Why Italy at all? The ending was so anticlimactic that I wondered what the whole point of the book was. I really liked The Firm, The Pelican Brief, etc., but this one is a definite pass. Maybe my copy was missing some pages but I didn't get it at all.

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

Oct 27, 2017

Found it terrible. Could not hold my interest.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Jan 30, 2014

Loved It!

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