The Broker Author:John Grisham "A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper, the author's command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose.+ - Boston Globe — 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 pr... more »ison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enourmous 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 plan, 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 Israels, 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? - New York Daily News« less