Inhis final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardonto Joel Backman,a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away ina federal prison. What no one knows is thatthe President issues
Suddenly after the
pardon only after receiving enormous pressure fromthe CIA. It seems Backman, in his powerbroker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. Backmanis quietly smuggled out of the countryin a military cargo plane, given anew name, a new identity, and a new homein Italy. Eventually, after he has settled intohis new life, the CIA will leak his whereaboutsto the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis.Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chanceof that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him? From the Hardcover edition.
Shelfari edited the description of The Broker Friday, July 31, 2009.