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am 4. Februar 2005
Yes, finally Grisham is back as one of the most entertaining thriller writers. I skipped " Christmas " and " The Bleachers " because I had regretted buying quite a few of his previous novels, but thought I might give him another chance with this one. And was unexpectedly but pleasantly surprised!
" The Broker " is the story of a former Washington lobbyist who took his luck too far and gambled too high trying to sell highly classified information to several countries at the same time. When he notices he's up the creek without a paddle, he decides he'd rather spend a few years in an American jail than getting killed out in the streets. Alas, an outgoing president grants him an 11 o'clock pardon and he finds himself in Bologna, Italy, with a new identity and under close CIA observation. He thinks he's a free man but soon it dawns on him that he's just bait for a number of intelligence agencies who by trying to kill him might show that they are connected to the secrets that he tried to sell. And on it goes.
This is not exactly a legal thriller, more like something by Robert Ludlum. Grisham spends a lot of time trying to describe an American's attempts to understand - or even adapt to - the ways of life in " OLD " Europe. This is interesting, informative
( you get a free Italian language lesson ) and occasionally quite funny. And I have never known Grisham for his sense of humour, so far.
Anyway, if you thought Grisham was a " has-been ", you might want to give him another try.