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?
©2004 John Grisham (P)2005 Random House, LLC
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"A killer combination of sheer story-telling nous and no-nonsense prose" ( Independent)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Harri on 18-05-16

outstanding

Grisham at his very, very best. thrilling intrigue, Political game playing, espionage, gripping characters. felt like I really got to know the main characters. audiobook reading first class.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 01-12-16

More like an Italian travel guide<br />

I normally like Grisham and this narrator but not with this story. Found it tedious and the narrator struggled with the Italian accent a sort of carricature which added humour when not intended. Ending was enjoyable if only because I could start another book

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