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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?

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

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The Broker
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3.9 / 5
August 11th, 2016
Too slow for at least half the book, and then nothing really happens. Not up to the author's regular standards.
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The broker
April 6th, 2015
I thought the book all though out was great but was surprised at the ending. I feel like there was still a lot of story left to tell and was a bit underwhelmed
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While in Bologna
June 1st, 2013
Read this book while spending couple of weeks in Bologna. Lots of fun following Marco as he roamed through the city. Made the book fun to read. As for the writing, hunger for literature is not why one reads Grisham, is it?
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