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About the Book

December 7, 2008

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?

About the Edition

John Grisham, delivers another legal thriller of unparalled suspense. 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.

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PS3557.R5355 B76 2005b

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422 p. ;
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The Broker
September 26, 2006, Delta
in English
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Broker: [roman]
2006, AST, Khranitelʹ
in Russian
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The broker
2005, New York
in English - SO 11.4.04 42VTNB 3GT 5HT 12SC 2BE 1ME
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The broker
2005, Doubleday
in English - 1st ed.
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The broker
2005, Dell
in English
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The broker
2005, Random House Large Print
in English - 1st large print ed.
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The Broker (Limited Edition)
March 15, 2005, Doubleday
in English
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The Broker
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Unknown Binding in English


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