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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 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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By Robin on 08-24-16

Amazing !!

I loved listening to this book because it was gripping from the first page and I don't say that lightly.
So many twists and turns making it very hard to predict!.
If you're trying into espionage pulse raising drama then this is definitely for you!
An easy 5 stars!

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By Clare on 06-17-16

Not the usual legal thriller, but...

...it is the same high standard you'd expect from Grisham!!

Think witness protection, with plot & intrigue, rather than courtroom battle and race against the clock.

I really enjoyed it, well crafted & read, and would highly recommend it!!

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By Michael Zhu on 05-18-15

A Grisham Novel Showcasing Italy and It's Culture

Bought this audiobook after a quick read of the plot summary. It was worth it as Grisham crafts an espionage story with fleshed with characters you can imagine existing in reality, showcasing Italy (especially Bologna), its food and language.

Pacing is a bit irregular with the first half being slow to pick up, and a good few chapters almost dedicated in teaching Italian culture and language.

However, at no point was I bored. The story had its tense and emotional moments.

Overall, a good pick for the daily commute to work or flight somewhere.

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By Andrew on 02-11-15

Excellent and easy listening

loved it, easily to listen and quite entertaining without too much technical jargon the main character is easy to like.

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