- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Dell (26. Dezember 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0440236673
- ISBN-13: 978-0440236672
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 660 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 7.264 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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John Grisham's novels have all been so systematically successful that it is easy to forget he is just one man toiling away silently with a pen, experimenting and improving with each book. While not as gifted a prose stylist as Scott Turow, Grisham is among the best plotters in the thriller business and he infuses his books with a moral valence and creative vision that set them apart from their peers.
The Brethren is in many respects his most daring and accomplished book yet. The novel grows from two separate subplots. In the first, three imprisoned ex-judges (the "brethren" of the title), frustrated by their loss of power and influence, concoct an elaborate blackmail scheme preying on wealthy closeted gay men. The second story traces the rise of presidential candidate Aaron Lake, a man essentially created by CIA directory Teddy Maynard to fulfil Maynard's plans for restoring the power of his beleaguered agency.
Grisham's tight control of the two meandering threads leaves the reader guessing through most of the opening chapters how and when these two worlds will collide. Also impressive is Grisham's careful portraiture. Justice Hatlee Beech in particular is a fascinating, tragic anti-hero: a millionaire judge with an appointment for life who was rendered divorced, bankrupt and friendless after his conviction for drunk-driving homicide.
The book's cynical view of Presidential politics and criminal justice casts a somewhat gloomy shadow over the tale. CIA director Teddy Maynard is an all powerful demon with absolute knowledge and control of the public will and public funds. Even his candidate, Congressman Lake, is a pawn in Maynard's egomaniacal game of ad campaigns, illicit contributions and international intrigue. In the end, The Brethren marks a transition in Grisham's career towards a more thoughtful narrative style with less interest in the big-payoff blockbuster ending. But that's not to say that the last 50 pages won't keep you reading late into the early hours.--Patrick O'Kelley --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
"Gripping ... engaging and fast-paced ... will hook you from the first page and won't let you go."—New York Post
"A crackerjack tale."—Entertainment Weekly
"Fast-paced and action-packed...you'll be thoroughly entertained."—New Orleans Times-Picayune
"The plot is as up-to-date as tomorrow's newspaper, with allusions to presidential polls and debates, campaign financing, money laundering and offshore financial finagling.... Add to these tantalizing ingredients the steady action, with some clever surprises." —The New York Times
A Main Selection of the Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, and the Mystery Guild
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I don't remember the last time I read a story without a clear protagonist, and it took me a while to adjust to the idea, but I liked it. There were no blameless souls in the story (except for one very minor character), and I enjoyed the detatchment of just finding out what happened without identifying with a particular person. I liked the way characters were drawn, some more completely than others, and I liked the pace and style of the writing.
There were no tense chases or buildings exploding at the end, no hero heading off with the girl into the future, not a lot of flash - just a clever, well presented plot with a not unsatisfying ending.
This is not great literature, but it is exactly what it's supposed to be - great entertainment.
The judges are interesting characters and their ramblings are what redeems the novel for me...the story is original and there are still the traditional plot twists and turns. I enjoyed Trevor as well...he was a bit more the type of character that you expect from Grisham. It is based on those two factors that I give this the rating I did. Those were characters that he could have gone a bit further with as well, but their antics and plotting makes for very interesting reading.
The ending seems rushed. I expected much more fanfare, but the book just seems to fizzle out to the point where I actually found myself looking to make sure that some pages didn't get accidentally ripped out or were missing. The insertion of the character of other minor characters (such as Buster) look promising, but they are all roads that lead to nowhere. Very confusing. There was a lot less of the legal theme in this novel, which is normally a part of his books which I enjoy.
Unless you're a Grisham die hard, wait for the paperback. It may not be as good as his earlier works, but it's still worth a read.
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Ich habe schon viele John Grisham Bücher gelesen und mag die Spannung welche sich aufbaut und durch seine Bücher führt. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2011 von Pulpfiction99
If John Grisham had stopped this book after the opening scene, in essence writing just a short story, he would have done his best work. It's breathtaking. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 8. April 2008 von Donald Mitchell
Die Geschichte um die Erpressung durch die drei Richter im Gefängnis ist von der Idee sehr interessant und allerlei spannenden Verwicklungen versehen. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2007 von Amazon Kundenrezensionen
Das Problem mit Büchern von Grisham ist, dass ich immer so schnell durch bin. Denn seine Erzählweise ist so spannend und packend, dass ich gerne immer weiter lese. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 2002 von seidelbast
Die älteren Thriller waren alle ganz gut, aber nichts besonderes.
Aber, aber Mr. Grisham ! Lesen Sie weiter...
Ein spannendes Buch, bei dem man einige Zeit brauchte, um die Handlungsstränge miteinander verknüpfen zu können. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 13. August 2001 veröffentlicht
Being a faithful Grisham-fan for years I was quite disappointed by his latest works,e.g. THE STREET LAWYER, and, most of all,THE TESTAMENT. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 12. Juni 2001 veröffentlicht
I must admit that I've been a real Grisham fan so far, but with "The Breathren" he wasn't able to fulfil my expectation in this book at all. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2001 von Dirk Haase
Who was supposed to be the protagonist in this, anyway? There was not one character in this book who was either believable or likable. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 29. Januar 2001 veröffentlicht