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Summary

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?

©2004 John Grisham (P)2005 Random House, LLC

Critic reviews

"A killer combination of sheer story-telling nous and no-nonsense prose" ( Independent)

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outstanding

Grisham at his very, very best. thrilling intrigue, Political game playing, espionage, gripping characters. felt like I really got to know the main characters. audiobook reading first class.

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More like an Italian travel guide<br />

I normally like Grisham and this narrator but not with this story. Found it tedious and the narrator struggled with the Italian accent a sort of carricature which added humour when not intended. Ending was enjoyable if only because I could start another book

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Amazing !!

I loved listening to this book because it was gripping from the first page and I don't say that lightly.
So many twists and turns making it very hard to predict!.
If you're trying into espionage pulse raising drama then this is definitely for you!
An easy 5 stars!

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  • Clare
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 17-06-16

Not the usual legal thriller, but...

...it is the same high standard you'd expect from Grisham!!

Think witness protection, with plot & intrigue, rather than courtroom battle and race against the clock.

I really enjoyed it, well crafted & read, and would highly recommend it!!

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The broker

A great story. Now I want to visit Bologna. I wish I had studied ITalian.

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Good, solid Grisham read

Any additional comments?

If you read Grisham, you know what you are getting. This delivers. Grabs your attention, delivers a good story.Not rocket science, but that's not what I was looking for!

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Another great Grisham

Once again John Grisham writes a great story. Never get tired of his books !!

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Weak

Weakest of his novels yet. I only finished because the performance was great and kept me going.

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what a thriller

from the moment joel enters the story, this is such a gripping tale and you are routing for him every step if the way. mr grisham - you are a master storyteller, thank you!!!!!

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disappointing

Quite boring if I'm honest. Have read or listened to everything by Grisham. This book lacks any tension and to be honest is very tedious and boring. It feels like a not very good short story packed with so much filler I had to physically turn it off on several occasions. No twists no turns, no core. A paint by numbers cash grab of a novel.

Excellent audio performance by Beck. Surprised he got through it!