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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385497466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385497466
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (981 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Political scandals, judicial controversies and an extortion plan that will make three disgraced former judges very rich and powerful men make up this fast-paced thriller.

The Brethren have waited for just the right time--the right moment. And that moment has come. While the country is distracted by a presidential election with its own ulterior motives, the three judges have targeted their next victim.

I found this novel to be very entertaining and pure Grisham at his best. His characters are multi-dimensional, human and evil, and exploit the adage of "how far are you willing to go to get what you want?'

Still, my favorites remain The Client and The Pelican Brief.

Overall, John Grisham packs a punch and hits his target every time. Kudos!

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,

Author of Whale Song (978-1-897339-02-2)

January 2007 Kunati Books

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Format: Hardcover
_The Brethren_ is an untidy mess of a book, apparently written without any regard for reading pleasure. As others have pointed out, there is absolutely no admirable character drawn here. Worse, some of the least admirable characters (I won't say which) are richly rewarded at book's end.
This book makes no sense, but it fulfilled its purpose in making quite a few dollars for Mr. Grisham (who has wisely given up writing "thrillers").
The first few chapters are written with the old Grisham sense of humor and irony, but all that follows just plods on to a tedious conclusion.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 8 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If John Grisham had stopped this book after the opening scene, in essence writing just a short story, he would have done his best work. It's breathtaking.

Unfortunately for Grisham, he decided to make a novel to follow that brilliance. The novel falls far short of the promise of that beginning.

I won't tell you about the beginning because that would spoil your pleasure, but do consider stopping there.

These are the plot premises in the book:

1. Two judges and a justice of the peace are incarcerated in a minimum security Federal prison. What would life be like for these former "law upholders?"

2. Felons need money when they get out. How can they earn some while in prison?

3. Felons and wardens need non-violent ways to resolve disputes in prison. How might this be done?

4. How can a presidential election be manipulated to determine the country's foreign policy?

5. How could a bunch of crooks threaten a presidential candidacy?

A lot of the answers depend on the presumption that the world is full of stupid older men with lots of money who want to have hot, young boy friends.

This book will appeal most to those who enjoy conspiracy theories about government action and inaction.

As a crime story, I've read a lot better.

But do enjoy that opening scene.
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By J. Whittle on June 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
I got stuck on a couple of Grisham's books and was unable to finish them (the rainmaker and one other i can't remember the name of), but this one was good. not really like the other recent books, i liked how many people were tied into the plot who seemingly had nothing to do with one another. there was no love interest, but that was okay.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
John Grisham leads us into some political fiction about a presidential election in the US that is entirely rigged by the CIA. This is a very banal idea that many authors have worked upon over several decades now. Everything that happens in the US and in the world comes from the CIA. The CIA is the real and only ruler of the world. Note the boss of this plotting organization is an old man in a wheel chair. Physically impotent, yet he is the brain of all plots, events, and violence in the world. The first idea here is that finally that clandestine king that rules the CIA wants to have a President that would be their real toy, a man that they would have done, made, produced, crowned, through popular vote manipulated by some guided violence in the world. The second idea is that the only winning motto in the US is war, violence, security, the desire to be safe at home, and to control the world in order to be safe at home. The world is dangerous and the US, Americans are the prime target of all those in the world who want a share of power. Hence the only policy can be to double the budget of the Pentagon to have the best defense and weapons in the world. That is a little simple, even simple-minded. But that was acceptable in 2000 when the book came out. Today we would have our doubts because we have found out that the best weapons are nothing against the will of masses of people to counteract and to resist, if these people are ready not to count casualties on their side : they are numerous enough to cause damage, to create havoc, and yet to find more volunteers to go on with the sea of such a popular, massive guerrilla warfare. The last idea, and the thrilling plot of this novel is a scam against gay people organized by three judges (from all levels of justice) operating from a prison. It is easy.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Suprisingly entertaining book. Book talks about terroism and presidential primaries, reflective of today's 2004. Multiple plots come together throughout the book. Good read!
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