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The Brethren (original 2000; edition 2005)

by John Grisham

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Title:The Brethren
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Delta (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:legal thriller, Your library, Read but unowned
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Another of my fave John Grisham novels! ( )
  diananagy | May 20, 2014 |
The Brethren: A Novel by John Grisham- The book captivates from the beginning and it does not stop until the end. It is hard to put it down once you've picked it up. It is a creative and chilling story. It makes one stop to think about corruption within the system as this is not at all too far fetched. I recommend to anyone who enjoys thrillers. Grisham fans especially will not be disappointed. ( )
  ReneeRobinson | Apr 29, 2014 |
What happens when former judges get imprisoned and then have sway and power from within those surroundings. ( )
  adeej | Apr 25, 2014 |
Pretty far fetched, even by Grisham standards. The actions of the CIA seem so improbable and illogical. Character developement weaker than usual. ( )
  michdubb | Jan 4, 2014 |
Meh. I think I'm over Grisham. I liked several of his books, but once you've read a bunch of them, they're kind of all the same thing. Also, he tries to incorporate an element of international espionage/intrigue into this one, and it comes off as rather amateur. I don't think that's his forte. Domestic courtroom dramas he's great at. ( )
  aketzle | Dec 22, 2013 |
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John Grisham's novels have all been so systematically successful that it is easy to forget he is just one man toiling away silently with a pen, experimenting and improving with each book. While not as gifted a prose stylist as Scott Turow, Grisham is among the best plotters in the thriller business, and he infuses his books with a moral valence and creative vision that set them apart from their peers.

The Brethren is in many respects his most daring book yet. The novel grows from two separate subplots. In the first, three imprisoned ex-judges (the "brethren" in the title), frustrated by their loss of power and influence, concoct an elaborate blackmail scheme that preys on wealthy, closeted gay men. The second story traces the rise of presidential candidate Aaron Lake, a puppet essentially created by CIA director Teddy Maynard to fulfill Maynard's plans for restoring the power of his beleaguered agency.

Grisham's tight control of the two meandering threads leaves the reader guessing through most of the opening chapters how and when these two worlds will collide. Also impressive is Grisham's careful portraiture. Justice Hatlee Beech in particular is a fascinating, tragic anti-hero: a millionaire judge with an appointment for life who was rendered divorced, bankrupt, and friendless after his conviction for a drunk-driving homicide.

The book's cynical view of presidential politics and criminal justice casts a somewhat gloomy shadow over the tale. CIA director Teddy Maynard is an all-powerful demon with absolute knowledge and control of the public will and public funds. Even his candidate, Congressman Lake, is a pawn in Maynard's egomaniacal game of ad campaigns, illicit contributions, and international intrigue. In the end, The Brethren marks a transition in Grisham's career toward a more thoughtful narrative style with less interest in the big-payoff blockbuster ending. But that's not to say that the last 50 pages won't keep your reading light turned on late. --Patrick O'Kelley

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In a federal prison, three former judges who call themselves "the brethren" meet in the law library to run a rougher form of justice inside their community and make a some money, but when one of their scams derails, they are forced to confront the world of their own creation.… (more)

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