One of those where you remember that some people simply write well.

Anxious, to say the least. A major subplot concerns Joel's secret dealings with his stateside son to prepare for escape from Bologna if necessary. It's OK. Not that bad, not that good either. Yet Grisham remains a smooth storyteller, and few will fail to finish this oddball tale of what happens to ruined D.C. powerbroker Joel Blackman, 52, when he's suddenly released from federal prison after six years.

It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. [ There's some depth to the troubled relationship between Joel and his tutor, but otherwise the novel reads like a contented afterthought to a memorable Italian vacation, with little action or tension, plastic characters and plot turns that a tricycle could maneuver. Why this unwanted Bologna hiding stuff ??? He was rather fond of the Italian culture and took lengths to explain quite a few things and that would have been nice if this was a book about Italy.

The CIA proceeds to hide him in Italy to see which foreign government wants to limit their losses and kill him. 2,108 global ratings | 1,637 global reviews, Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2017. A terrible President in his last days in the White House unexpectedly pardons him. Now try to keep out of sight from those watching you....wee...the ride is on and the writer keeps the words flowing so the pages keep turning.

Even if you don't like the book, you will improve your Italian!

Others? The presidential pardon added interest: did the lead character bribe his way out of the penitentiary; was he set up to be assassinated by one of the foreign powers that he had offended in his financial schemes?

Put yourself in a new country, state, city and do not know a soul, the language, where you are. For this novel Grisham has entered the world of politics, crime and espionage. Free Trip to Italy as backdrop for fascinating story well told, Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2017.

Because it's Grisham, the characters are always interesting and the writing is always great. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The human side of the characters demonstrated in their choices of food and drink as well as clothing is most interesting. Joel is relocated to Bologna, and much of the narrative consists of his touring that city, its historic sights and its many restaurants, and learning Italian ways from his male handler, Luigi, and his language tutor, Francesca—a middle-aged woman with whom he falls in love.
The ending was redeeming because it contained some excitement, but it was little too late. There was still plenty of suspense and drama to be had.

I had missed this title (2005) when it was first published because of a topsy-turvy year in my life. January 2005.