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Friday, April 28, 2006

Book Review: The Broker - John Grisham

I’ve seen a few films that are based on Grisham’s novels, but until now I’ve never actually read any of his books. The Broker caught my eye in recent press reviews and its appearance in some best seller list. I’d enjoyed films such as The Firm and the blurb on the book sounded good so I took the plunge and gave it a try.

Grisham doesn’t waste too much time setting up the main plot theme and quickly establishes some of the key characters and scenarios helping push the plot on all the time bring in new characters that continue to build on the basic premise of a pardoned man being hung out to dry by his own country. This makes it very difficult to put down as the reader knows some other twist or turn is just around the corner as the story leads to what seems like a climactic conclusion.

Alas, while the pace at the end quickens, the speed at which things happen make the book seem some what rushed and no real conclusion to the tale. It’s almost as if Grisham had been told not to make the book any longer or that it had to be published by a particular deadline even though the story remained incomplete.

That said, it remains a very entertaining book that has seen me buy another two titles from Grisham, it’s just a shame that it couldn’t finish with the bang that the story was always leading to.

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