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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This is my fourth Grisham book and while not my favorite, it's pretty good. Hard to go wrong with Grisham, really. For $15 it's worth it. Not sure why it's $10 cheaper than most of his other books though!
Typical Grisham, so fine if you like his books. Comments on the audiobook itself: The reader of this book speaks with marbles in his mouth, and a sarcastic tone that I found very distracting. If you are looking to listen while you exercise, don't buy it, as even at full volume on an IPOD, it is difficult to hear and understand the reader.
The book was GREAT until the end when it just sort of stopped. It was as if Grisham was bored writing it and did a quick, pointless ending. My husband and I have listened to many of his other books and have really enjoyed them but this was not his normal, intriguing writing, especially the ending.