Sometimes a sitting United States President makes a decision and commits an action that goes beyond being questionable and controversial.
At the behest of top-level CIA members, a U.S. president makes one of his final acts in office the last-minute pardon of one Joel Backman, who has spent the last six years in prison.
Joel Backman knows things. The CIA knows he knows them. The CIA has an elaborate plan for Backman that starts off with giving him a new identity and a place to live far away from the United States.
Backman once brokered a deal of such gigantic proportions that it put the entire country at risk. Sure, he did a dirty deed, but he's a likeable guy. Despite his being a criminal, Joel Backman becomes a character who gains respect from the readers. They want him to survive, but can anyone in his unenviable position actually do so?
Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8, 1955, international bestselling author John Grisham attended law school at the University of Mississippi, earning a law degree in 1981.
Grisham has practiced both criminal and civil law and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
His first novel, "A Time to Kill," was published in 1989, but it was not until his next book, "The Firm," came out that he was catapulted into the publishing world and went on to become one of the world's most recognized novelists. Many of his books have been made into successful motion pictures.
Grisham writes from his homes in Charlottesville, Virginia and Oxford, Mississippi. In 2008, he and his wife purchased a home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing president
grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious
Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a
federal prison. What no one knows is that the president issues the pardon only
after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power
broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most
sophisticated satellite surveillance system.
Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military
cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy.
Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his
whereabouts to 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 chance of that. The question the CIA
needs answered is—who will kill him? Download and start listening now!