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Before he was sent to federal prison for treason (among other things), Joel Backman was an extremely powerful man. Known as "the broker," Backman was a high roller--a lawyer making $10 million a year who could "open any door in Washington." That is, until he tried to broker a deal selling access to the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. When caught, Backman accepted prison as the one option that would keep him safe and alive, since the interested parties (the Israelis, the Saudis, the Russians, and the Chinese) were all itching to get their hands on his secrets at any cost. Little does he know that his own government has designs on accessing that information--or at least letting it die with him. Now, six years after his incarceration, the director of the CIA convinces a lame duck president to pardon Backman, and the broker becomes a free man--and an open target.

The Broker marries the best of John Grisham's many talents--his ability to immerse himself in the culture of small town life (in this case, Bologna, Italy), and his uncanny mastery of the chase. The first half of the book focuses on Backman's transformation from infamous power broker to helpless victim in his own game. Upon his release from prison, Backman is taken into "protective custody" and whisked off to Italy where he is assigned a new identity, and a tutor to help him blend in. Sure he is on the run, but some readers may feel that Backman's time spent in Bologna is a bit too leisurely--readers join him on an almost cinematic tour through the Italian town, complete with language and history lessons. Impatient readers will be happy to know that the final half of the novel is classic Grisham--a fast-paced, thrilling cat and mouse chase pitting Backman against the numerous agencies that want him dead--as the broker makes a move to take back his life. --Daphne Durham

Genre: Thriller
 
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November 2005 : Library Binding
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1417697695 / 9781417697694 (USA edition)
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November 2005 : Hardback
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 159895041X / 9781598950410 (USA edition)
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0385510462 / 9780385510462 (USA edition)
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January 2005 : Hardback
Title: The Broker: A Novel
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0385510454 / 9780385510455 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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January 2005 : Hardback
Title: The Broker (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0375434399 / 9780375434396 (USA edition)
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January 2005 : Hardback
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1844131629 / 9781844131624 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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2005 : Hardback
Title: BROKER (LARGE PRINT)
Author(s): JOHN GRISHAM
ISBN: 0739449664 / 9780739449660 (USA edition)
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2005 : Hardback
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0385510543 / 9780385510547 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Broker: A Novel
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0345532007 / 9780345532008 (USA edition)
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May 2011 : Paperback
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0099537060 / 9780099537069 (UK edition)
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0345527097 / 9780345527097 (USA edition)
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September 2006 : Paperback
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0385340540 / 9780385340540 (USA edition)
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0440241588 / 9780739457405 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0739325655 / 9780739325650 (USA edition)
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0099457164 / 9780099457169 (UK edition)
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Title: The Broker
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ISBN: 1844131645 / 9780739457405 (UK edition)
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1405620811 / 9781405620819 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

October 2011 : Audio CD
Title: The Broker (BBC Audiobooks)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1445875780 / 9781445875781
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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July 2006 : Audio CD
Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0739334026 / 9780739334027 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2005 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1415915598 / 9781415915592 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 1415916462 / 9781415916469 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 0739306529 / 9780739306529 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 1856869709 / 9781856869706 (UK edition)
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ISBN: 073931646X / 9780739316467 (USA edition)
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ISBN: 0739316443 / 9780739316443 (USA edition)
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Title: The Broker
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ISBN: 0739316478 / 9780739316474 (USA edition)
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Title: The Broker
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ISBN: 1856869717 / 9781856869713 (UK edition)
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January 2005 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Broker: Complete & Unabridged (2005)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1405601396 / 9781405601399 (UK edition)
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March 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: B003B02PF4
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January 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: B00351YF52
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