“The Broker” by John Grisham Book-Talk

The Broker by John Grisham Book Talk

Title: The Broker

Author: John Grisham 

Genre: Thriller / Legal Fiction

Page Count: 357 Pages 

Released: January 11, 2005


Joel Backman gets a surprise pardon from the President during the last hours of his term. The broker, who was involved in a deal for a powerful satellite surveillance system gone wrong, now has to be smuggled out of his home country. His only hope now is to transform himself and hide in Italy under a new identity with limited resources. With numerous governments hungry for answers, he has to be on guard at all times. 

My Thoughts:

John Grisham has become one of my favorite authors this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed the legal elements in his novels. The character of Joel Backman was an interesting one to follow as the story’s protagonist. He is secretive, tactical, and is not afraid to call in favors. 

Setting the story in Italy was an interesting choice. I have never traveled to Italy myself and this book made me want to add it to my travel bucket list. 

The pacing of John Grisham’s books are ideal. The books are long enough that when you reach the final page, you feel accomplished with answers to all of your questions. On the flip side, they are not too long that you have to endure chapters of filler before getting to the point. Every page feels intentional. Every character has a role to play in the overarching plot of the story. 

If you enjoy legal stories or books about being on the run, this is a good choice for you.

Have you read any of John Grisham’s novels? Let me know in the comments!

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