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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 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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"The spy-versus-spy intrigue is well constructed and fast paced." (The New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By User33 on 01-13-05

Best Grisham to date!

I have listened to or read every Grisham book available and I like them all. Somehow the author manages to make the listener get giddy with excitement about the most menial tasks. This book is no exception, the story deviates slightly from the usual 'main character is a lawyer' premise but does so for the better. This is by far the most addictive Grisham title to date.

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4 out of 5 stars
By A. L. DeWitt on 06-02-05

Better than Most

This Grisham book was better than most. Grisham again returns to the same themes that made his other books sell: lawyers are rotten people. He takes it and runs with another theme: The CIA are rotten people. Grisham puts you in the position of cheering for the criminal class underdog lawyer, and you still feel good about it. It is an enjoyable listen, and I recommend it.

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