The Brethren

The Brethren

Large Print - 2000
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They call themselves The Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison.  One was sent down for tax evasion.  Another, for skimming bingo profits.  The third, for a career-ending drunken joyride.  Meeting daily in the prison library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong.

Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich- very fast.

And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam....while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt.  A bizarre presidential election is holding the nation in its grip- and a powerful government figure is pulling some very hidden strings.  For the Brethren, the timing couldn't be better.

Because they've just found the perfect victim....

Baker & Taylor
In a minimum security federal prison, three former judges who call themselves "the brethren" meet to run a rougher form of justice inside their new community and make a little money, but when one of their new scams derails, they are forced to face their own creation.

& Taylor

In a maximum security federal prison, three former judges who call themselves "the brethren" meet daily in the law library to run a rougher form of justice inside their new community, and make a little money, but when one of their scams derails, they are forced to confront the world of their own creation. Reprint. 40,000 first printing. (Suspense)

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2000
ISBN: 9780375727962
Branch Call Number: L FICTION GRISHAM
Characteristics: 528 p


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Apr 13, 2018

Hmm - meddling by powerful interests in a presidential election against the backdrop of increasing Chinese power and a potential Russian dictatorship (not to mention the usual charming smaller tales of corruption in the judiciary)... Perhaps it is time to give this older Grisham another read. :)

Jan 24, 2016

Not one of my favorite Grisham books but still interesting enough. Don't expect and action-packed thriller a la The Firm.

A good read but frustrating for non Americans to understand the culture and the motivation of these white collar criminals and the system of punishment. As well, being gay is not a scandal in this province so the concept of blackmailing someone for sexual orientation is not really a risk today.

Mar 10, 2012

This book is a strange one with no good guys just different degrees of bad guys. Three incarcerated judges running a mail scam and extorting money from rich closeted gays accidentally net a candidate for president. He's not just any candidate but one hand-picked by the director of the CIA and manipulated on a grand scale into winning first the nomination and then the election. I didn't like this book at first because there's nobody to pull for but I got sucked in and ended up liking it quite a bit.

Natalie A Osorno
Apr 22, 2011

A terrific plot. Amasing ending.
A realistic novel.


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