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Publisher Description

Someone is certain to kill Joel Backman.
The question is: who?

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a full pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years in a federal prison.

Unknown to an outraged public, the pardon was the CIA's idea. They claim that Backman may have obtained secrets that would compromise American satellite surveillance.

Smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, Backman is given a new identity and a new home in Italy. He thinks he's out. But the CIA will soon leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese and the Saudis, and then sit back and watch.

The question is not whether Backman will survive there's no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is: who will kill him?
‘A master at the art of deft characterisation and the skilful delivery of hair-raising crescendos' Irish Independent

'John Grisham is the master of legal fiction' – Jodi Picoult

'The best thriller writer alive' – Ken Follett

John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers’ Telegraph

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‘Grisham's storytelling genius reminds us that when it comes to legal drama, the master is in a league of his own.’Daily Record

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Crime & Thrillers
April 21
Random House

Customer Reviews

Pedro Saunders ,

Return to form

Much more like the old Grisham, thrills, suspense and action rather than the over moralising boredom of 'The Chamber' etc....
Can't reccomend this book enough for fans of the early Grisham work and right up there with the likes of 'The Brethren' and 'The Firm' as his best work.

Thoroughly enjoyed the read and know others will too, BUY!

Shuttle199 ,

A history and language lesso

Not up to his usual standard. 70% of the book was a lesson in the history of Italian towns, culture and language. Little or no action. Took some finishing.

JI 2006 ,

You Can’t Put it Down

For one who professes little knowledge of espionage and hi-tech electronics, Mr G has done a great job here. His portrayal of high-level skuldiggery in Wasington D C is, I suspect, not too far from reality. Add to the mix some lessons in the Italian language and history of Bologna and he seems to pull off the impossible by making it an even better read than the last. Like many books, I wish there was a little more by way of a happy ending describing the principal charachter and his Italian lady living happily ever after in an alpine lakesdie villa. Among all his other masterpieces, this one ranks among the best.

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