The Brethren by John Grisham

A book review of ‘The Brethren’ by John Grisham

The Brethren refers to three disbarred judges who find themselves in federal prison. They attempt to keep up their status as dispensers of justice by staging their own courtroom battles in prison which handle inmates’ disputes.

They also embark upon a few letter-writing scams and extort money from wealthy businessmen on the outside. They store up their illegal earnings, waiting for the really big fish which will bring them their major payday.

At the same time the CIA is planning to manipulate the American public into electing a President of the Agency’s choosing. Their sole objective is to eradicate terrorism on USA soil.

The director of the CIA believes he has enough money to buy the public’s votes, and that he has found the perfect candidate to hijack the elections. But money can only take them so far, and the ‘perfect’ candidate has some secrets that not even the CIA knows about.

There are few parallel stories running concurrently in the novel which is something I enjoy, as long as there aren’t too many characters with multiple side-plots which can get too confusing to follow. Fortunately this isn’t the case with The Brethren and it’s an enthralling and gripping book.

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