The Broker is the first John Grisham novel I have read. As a CIA/ thriller, it is both credible and an enjoyable read. Grisham is to be commended for exposing the corruption of American politics and the sinister-type programmes engineered by the CIA and at the same time creating a unique and captivating plot. While I found the pace of the novel slow with a lot of padding the book was at times still reasonably hard to put down as the fate of Joel Backman and his adversaries are revealed.
While this book is well written and a good read, as a reader I am disappointed to find that given the promotion of Grisham books and his standing as a novelist, this novel was far from exceptional.