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Before he was sent to federal prison for treason (among other things), Joel Backman was an extremely powerful man. Known as "the broker," Backman was a high roller--a lawyer making $10 million a year who could "open any door in Washington." That is, until he tried to broker a deal selling access to the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. When caught, Backman accepted prison as the one option that would keep him safe and alive, since the interested parties (the Israelis, the Saudis, the Russians, and the Chinese) were all itching to get their hands on his secrets at any cost. Little does he know that his own government has designs on accessing that information--or at least letting it die with him. Now, six years after his incarceration, the director of the CIA convinces a lame duck president to pardon Backman, and the broker becomes a free man--and an open target.

The Broker marries the best of John Grisham's many talents--his ability to immerse himself in the culture of small town life (in this case, Bologna, Italy), and his uncanny mastery of the chase. The first half of the book focuses on Backman's transformation from infamous power broker to helpless victim in his own game. Upon his release from prison, Backman is taken into "protective custody" and whisked off to Italy where he is assigned a new identity, and a tutor to help him blend in. Sure he is on the run, but some readers may feel that Backman's time spent in Bologna is a bit too leisurely--readers join him on an almost cinematic tour through the Italian town, complete with language and history lessons. Impatient readers will be happy to know that the final half of the novel is classic Grisham--a fast-paced, thrilling cat and mouse chase pitting Backman against the numerous agencies that want him dead--as the broker makes a move to take back his life. --Daphne Durham

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Hardback Editions

November 2005 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Broker (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-4176-9769-5 / 978-1-4176-9769-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Broker (Limited Edition)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-385-51046-2 / 978-0-385-51046-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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January 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Broker: A Novel
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-385-51045-4 / 978-0-385-51045-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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January 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-375-43439-9 / 978-0-375-43439-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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January 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-84413-162-9 / 978-1-84413-162-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7394-4966-4 / 978-0-7394-4966-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Broker: A Novel
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-345-53200-7 / 978-0-345-53200-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-09-953706-0 / 978-0-09-953706-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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September 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-385-34054-0 / 978-0-385-34054-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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November 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-440-24158-8 / 978-0-440-24158-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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December 2005 : USA Perfect Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-345-52709-7 / 978-0-345-52709-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Pub Co
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7393-2565-5 / 978-0-7393-2565-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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November 2005 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-09-945716-4 / 978-0-09-945716-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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September 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-440-29643-9 / 978-0-440-29643-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Book Club
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July 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-84413-164-5 / 978-0-7394-5740-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-84413-163-7 / 978-1-84413-163-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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October 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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October 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Broker (BBC Audiobooks)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-4458-7578-0 / 978-1-4458-7578-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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July 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7393-3402-6 / 978-0-7393-3402-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
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September 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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July 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-4159-1559-8 / 978-1-4056-0139-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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January 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7393-0652-9 / 978-0-7393-0652-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audible
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January 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7393-1646-X / 978-0-7393-1646-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7393-1644-3 / 978-0-7393-1644-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Broker (John Grisham)
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 0-7393-1647-8 / 978-0-7393-1647-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-85686-970-9 / 978-1-85686-970-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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January 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-85686-971-7 / 978-1-85686-971-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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January 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: the broker
Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN: 1-4159-1646-2 / 978-1-4159-1646-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Dell
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January 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Broker
Author(s): John Grisham
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK