Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Brethren


The Brethren, by John Grisham, is a quick, easy read. It's classic Grisham in the sense that there's a lot of legalese and puzzle pieces that slowly come together throughout the story. It was intriguing, but not edge-of-your-seat exciting.

This is the story of 3 ex-judges sitting bored in a federal prison, and one congressman who's just been selected by the CIA to run for President. The judges have started an extortion scheme, and it works best when they ensnare rich men with something to lose. The CIA is counting on Aaron Lake to win the election and double the US's military funding in order to stop an impending war. But is Lake as perfect as the CIA thinks? Or does he have secrets, just waiting to be found by the judges?

While this was good and kept my attention, it's not one of my favorites. I kept coming back to the story, but not because I couldn't wait to find out what happened. It's just a good book to curl up with on a cold winter night.

3 out of 5 stars.

Of course, now this means I have to go back and finish Moby Dick....

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