This is Grisham at his best! A gripping, convincing plot, no unnessecary bloodshed, a presidential candidate and a group of elderly prisoners who make his life hell. And CIA director Teddy Maynard is pulling the strings.
The Brethren, three convicted ex-judges, have designed a brilliant internet scheme to extort money from wealthy members of society, who fall for their ads in a gay magazine. It all goes well until Maynard finds his ideal presidential candidate in Senator Lake. His single issue in the campaign is to double the defence budget. But it turns out, that this puppet-like presidential candidate has a weak spot, that connects him to the brethren and makes him vulnerable. And so the intrigue unfolds.