The Broker

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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What the Critics Say

"A killer combination of sheer story-telling nous and no-nonsense prose" (Independent)

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Customer Reviews

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What a good read!

loved this book...didn't want to put it down.I thought the naration was great and really allowed me to walk along side the characters.
I didn't expect it to end when it did though.
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- Vicks1963

Excellent storyline - rather prophetic

What did you like most about The Broker?

This is now the 3rd Grisham novel I have listened to on Audible. I have come back to him after many years (I voraciously read all his early novels - then moved on). I had forgotten what a good writer he is, and how skilled he is at keeping you on the edge of your chair. His books also have added value - always a bit of education thrown in. With this one we learn a huge amount of Italian and grow (with Grisham) to love Bologna in Italy. Even though the book was written some years ago it has an uncanny immediacy about it as the plot revolves around a President pardoning a criminal. Now where have I heard that before?


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- Mr. R. E. Barr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-10-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton