John Grisham is a best-selling author of legal thrillers. Many have been made into movies: The Firm, The Client, Runaway Jury, and The Pelican Brief... to mention a few. It seems like every so often he gets bored. In 2001, he wrote a novel set in rural Arkansas (The Painted House) during the 1950. No lawyers. The book read like an autobiographical novel, except that the author was born in 1955.
It seems he got bored again in 2005. The Broker by John Grisham is not as far from his shelf containing dozens of legal thrillers. This book is a spy thriller. The book is engaging, but more for the John Grisham fan, as the the level of jeopardy and action is low for a spy thriller.
How low key is the story? The description of Bologna architecture, and Italian culture and cuisine, and even Italian language each carry more weight that the spy story. Most telling is that I read the novel ten years ago and at no point did I realized that I was reading the story for the second time.
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