by John Grisham, where the outgoing president gives Joel Backman, the hottest lawyer in the city, a pardon after being convinced by the CIA director to wait and see who will kill him first. Sort of a bait. In the book, the other candidates for pardon were willing to pay millions for their freedom. In real life, are such deals really made? Hmm.
For more about the plot of The Broker, see this.