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?
From the Hardcover edition.
The master of the legal thriller moves out of the courtroom for this spy novel set in Italy. Having lost his re-election campaign in a landslide, President Morgan is in the last few hours of his term when elderly CIA director Teddy Maynard strong-arms him into granting a pardon to imprisoned Joel Backman, who refused to specify to whom he sold intel about a highly classified satellite system. The CIA hopes to determine this information by allowing Backman to leave the country, quietly revealing his location in Bologna, and waiting to see which country sends assassins after him.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Mystery + Crime, General, Types of Characters, Conflicts + Dualities, Action + Thrillers, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Politics
- July 25, 2006
- July 25, 2006
- John Grisham
- Dennis Boutsikaris (Narrator)