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The Broker

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The President, whose term of office is about to end, grands a last-minute quarter to the notorious Washington power broker Joel Backman who has spent his last six years locked up in a federal prison. No one knows that the President made the decision under strong pression of the CIA. That is because in his times Backman obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

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The President, whose term of office is about to end, grands a last-minute quarter to the notorious Washington power broker Joel Backman who has spent his last six years locked up in a federal prison. No one knows that the President made the decision under strong pression of the CIA. That is because in his times Backman obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country, given a new name, new identity and a new home in Italy. Once he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak all the information about his location to Israel, Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia. CIA itself will take the spectator’s place. It is not about whether Backmann stays alive or not – that is impossible. What CIA is interested in, is that who will kill him?

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9 reviews for The Broker


  1. I purchased The Broker at a library sale. 4 pages are dark- 96,97,112,113. can I obtain a copy of these from a website or via e-mail?


  2. All right, The Appeal I considered below par by Grisham standards, but The Broker was excellent in every way. Only one glitch, Mario could not have entered the US on the borrowed passport alone, he would have needed a visa form as well. This book also wants a sequel..but maybe there is nothing more to add. It was great.


  3. Hey Richard, that is an interesting find but if you are pin pointing details that are so small like that one you probably should have picked up that his name is Marco not Mario as you stated


  4. Loved the book, as I love all of John’s books so far. I only wonder who proofreads his books. I found no less than 6 simple english errors in this one. Hey, I would be glad to do it for him!


  5. Are there any sequels to a John Grisham novel. His characters are so deep that when you finish reading you want more. I loved the partner.


  6. john’s bks are very intriguing.they r addictive(in agd way)iloved the broker can any writer step up to him????


  7. I just finished The Broker today and I loved every page. I am not a real avid reader but I was dissapointed when it ended.


  8. I read my first JG book,The Broker, and was very disappointed at the ending, given that it was a “stand alone” type. I do not usually read best sellers, but am an avid reader of historical detective fiction. Don’t hold it against me, but as a college professor I found, after the built up momentum, that I gave the book a B- grade because, without a sequel, it was too abrupt and facile at the denouement. The immanent danger fizzled and, despite my thoughts about it being an excellent “read”, with fair pacing and characterization, it turned out to be nothing but Bologna—-meaning, I liked the city, the man in the city learning a new language, and the endless motion, but ended up with no map to the future on a dead end. [Mainly because I read it in nearly one sitting…] If a legal thriller is due in 2010, try a sequel to the Broker, you will probably have a built-in audience. Isn’t that what a publisher craves? Perhaps a writer also needs closure with some of his characters—-that goes well beyond fiscal considerations. Try reading the entire Andrea Camilleri chronology regarding his main character—-if your Italian is still good enough! [The English translations have end-notes.]


  9. I just finished reading The Broker and i loved every single page of it, this is my third John Grisham book, the first was The Street Lawyer, which got me through a very boring job i had doing security and the second was The Chamber which i read steadily. I would love to see a sequel to The Broker, it has left me wanting more, (if there is more that is) it would be nice to see the Tin Man still pursuing Backman in Bologna and also to see Backman’s relationship with Francesca…

    Im now onto my next read thats sitting right in front of me ‘The Firm’

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