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The Brethren
The Brethren
Author: John Grisham
They call themselves The Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion. Another, for skimming bingo profits. And the third, for a career-ending drunken joyride. Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can rem...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440236672
ISBN-10: 0440236673
Publication Date: 12/26/2000
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 1034 ratings
Publisher: Island Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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scrapbooklady avatar reviewed The Brethren on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The premise here was enormously fun: three aging, disgraced judges serving time in a minimum security federal prison concoct a mail scam to extort money from unsuspecting victims. Their little scheme is succeeding quite well, slowly building enough money to give them hope that perhaps there is life after prison. When it turns out that one of the victims of the mail scam is the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election, things get very interesting and suddenly the three inmates realize they have far more power than they thought.

You'll be hooked within the first chapter. Grisham has a great sense of humor and it shows in this book, both in the characters and in the dialog.
KaysCMAlbums avatar reviewed The Brethren on + 97 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Intriguing - true Grisham. 3 judges in a medium-security federal prison call themselves the Brethren. Together they fine-tune a mail scam, but their little scam goes awry. Fast read - holds your interest.
reviewed The Brethren on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Great Grisham book that gives a story of corruption and fowl play that I think most of us suspect anyway in our justice system. He is still true to form with his great writing! One of his many books that I loved.
reviewed The Brethren on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I have read everything written by John Grisham but could not finish this book. It did not hold my interest long enough to really get into it for long, and I found myself having to re-read portions to get back into it when I picked it up again. Not much going on there for me.
countrylane avatar reviewed The Brethren on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
John Grisham is a master storyteller. This book is a romp in prison. Three corrupt judges, doing time, dream up a brilliant extortion scam. This book will have you rolling in the floor laughing at times. But these good old boys are deadly serious as they discover the perfect victim! A very entertaining book! There are quite a few surprises here. You will be grinning or gasping with each chapter. If you haven't read this one yet, don't wait any longer!
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alicewen avatar reviewed The Brethren on + 3 more book reviews
A page turner!
groendog avatar reviewed The Brethren on + 8 more book reviews
Typical Grisham-- crafted with great skill, engrossing, fast and interesting,good read
reviewed The Brethren on + 5 more book reviews
I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. It did get better towards the middle, but I really had to make myself keep reading.


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