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The Broker by John Grisham
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Jul 05, 2010

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Read in February, 2005

Fine story telling, but somewhat weak ending...

We're long time Grisham fans, despite the real duds he serves up now and then. In "Broker", we're reminded of some of the author's best story-telling books. The plot is clever but not overly thrilling: a lawyer (Backman), in jail for conspiracy, gets pardoned and is swept over to Italy in secret by the CIA, as a ploy to get some foreign government who still holds a grudge to knock him off. We then get some 200 pages of northern Italian travelogue (and language lessons) as Backman (now "Marco") studies hard and plots harder -- he is, after all, incredibly bright and resourceful. Funny how fast this section of the book passed given the lack of much plot development -- a testimony to Grisham's writing skills. In the end Backman returns to his homeland, in some glory, but then a dribbly ending rather spoils the fun by leaving lots of loose ends.

We notice other reviewers were equally disappointed at the final chapter -- we just seem to want that nice neat ribbon-tying conclusion to top off the tale. So we don't get quite what we want, but a decent Grisham yarn for sure awaits!

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