Thursday, April 30, 2009

Book Review: The Broker

After a nearly ten-year long break from Grisham, I decided to try one. But The Broker was not nearly as exciting as The Firm or Pelican Brief -- my two favorites and still my yardsticks for measuring legal thrillers. This one just strolls along, more travelogue of Bologna than thriller. It reads like Grisham wanted to spend a year in Italy; not that he had a particularly clever idea for a novel. Nothing very exciting happens. The hero half hides, half explores Bologna; spending more time learning Italian than dodging the various international assassins hired to kill him. Then the hero solves his problems. Well, he solves all but one very major problem. And then the book, inexplicably, just ends. Highly unsatisfying.

3 comments :

Caitlin said...

LOL! This review made me laugh & laugh because it's a pretty perfect description of this book. Well, it's a pretty perfect description of ALL of Grisham's books with the exception of the non-fiction book he published recently (The Innocent Man, I think?). Thanks for your sense of humor.

Rose City Reader said...

Glad you thought it was funny! I think I was just more grouchy. :)

Angie said...

I just read a John Grisham novel for my blog (The Appeal). It was decent - not the greatest book I've ever read, and not the worst either. I've never read any other books by Grisham so I didn't have anything to compare it to.

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