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Three judges in prison devise a blackmail scam, one of the victims being a presidential candidate.
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The review of this Book prepared by Kellie

The head of the CIA wants the gov't to allocate more money for defense. He decides to "recruit" a politician who has no skeletons in the closet. He finds one (or so he thinks)and the politician agrees to go along with the Directors plan to get him elected. In the meantime, there is a group of 3 corrupt ex-judges sitting in a federal prison. There are really no redeeming qualities about them. They have thought up a scam which involves blackmailing innocent men who answer an ad they place in a gay magazine. These victims have not "come out of the closet" and are therefore susceptible to blackmail. Incredibly, the judges receive a response from the candidate (mailed before he was recruited by the CIA.) The CIA intercepts the blackmailing letter and finds out about the judges' scam. The story limps along from there. A VERY disappointing book. It's like Grisham decided to churn something out for the hell of it. Was really awful, I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it. The worst is the ending, the judges actually get away with it and begin to do their scam again!
The review of this Book prepared by Marla

The Brethren, as they are called, are three former southern judges, serving time together in a federal prison for various bad deeds, which have taken away their frredom and their status in the community. However, inside the prison, they continue to practice law without a liscense, and concoct a blackmail scheme that begins making them some money, that is, until they bag a powerful 'mark'who could jeopardize everything. As usual, John Grisham keeps you on the edge of your seat, right til the end.
The review of this Book prepared by John B. Dirian

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Plot & Themes

Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions    -   election campaign    -   political blackmail Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   story of crooked lawyer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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