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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009953715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099537151
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Literary slugger John Grisham's The Partner is a story about--surprise!--a lawyer in trouble. Patrick Lanigan had been a young partner in a prominent Southern law firm. He had a beautiful wife, a new baby girl, and a bright future. Then one winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car; the casket they buried held nothing but ashes.

A short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial then fled. A fortune was stolen from his ex-firm's offshore account. And Patrick ran, covering his tracks the whole way.

But, now, they've found him. --Peter Ducasse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"All the ingredients of suspense, drama and meticulous attention to detail that have made Grisham's novels bestsellers... A terrific read" (Sunday Mirror)

"A narrative triumph and a stylish joy, this novel has me gasping for more of the new, satirical Grisham." (Daily Telegraph)

"Excellent" (The Times)

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I was first introduced into the amazing world of John Grisham after a friend of mine recommended it. The Partner is the fourth in the series that I have read and I found it as good if not better than the last three. I now own most of his books so I'll have no shortage of reading material for the next few weeks. From the opening paragraphs of The Partner I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I found myself hoping that Patrick would somehow manage to get out of jail and ride of into the sunset with his beatiful Brazilian girlfriend. I was thoroughly confused by the last few pages as it contradicted everything I saw throughout the book and came to the conclusion that the ending had been hurried to meet a deadline or Grisham had been toying with more than one outsome. For me, if the last chapter had been left off, or changed, it would have been a five star read. I would advise anyone, whether or not you are already a fan of Grishams books to read this. I guarantee that you'll love it!
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I can't help but think that John Grisham must have a pre-prepared list somewhere of potential titles for stale legal thrillers. I can imagine him working his way down the list with each newly-completed manuscript being assigned a banal title such as 'The Equity Partner', 'The Criminal Lawyer', 'The Usher', 'The Law Clerk', 'The Special Agent' or 'The Law Student', or whatever. [I hope this doesn't give him any ideas]. He really started this with his second outing, 'The Firm' (his best legal novel) and he has so far also covered: (Pelican) Brief, Client, Chamber, Rainmaker, (Runaway) Jury, Partner (this one), (Street) Lawyer, Testament, Brethren, Summons, (King of) Torts, (Last) Juror (again!), Broker, Appeal, Associate, Confession, Litigators, Racketeer. He hasn't given us 'The Judge' yet, which would seem to me an obvious and natural progression [what's wrong with the man?] and so that title must be somewhere in our future. Maybe eventually he'll get to the janitor?

Actually, 'The Partner' is quite a good novel by Grisham standards, which was a surprise as the cringy title lowered my expectations considerably. The story moves along quickly. It's typical Grisham hitting at 'average': far-fetched and forgettable with wafer-thin characterisation, but real-like and compelling enough to suspend disbelief and keep you hooked for a couple of hours. I can sympathise with some of the other reviewers who have criticised the ending. Grisham does seem to struggle with that aspect of his writing and too many of his novels have a flat conclusion, however in this case I liked the way the story finished. It was just right for the main character as it resolved the moral imbalance that had been hanging-over proceedings. Overall, this is nothing special but it's still worth reading even if you're not a Grisham regular.
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The same old Grisham. The master of the yarn, but this time a little different. He's not in the courtroom this time - no. There is a lawyer involved, or rather an ex lawyer, but this time he's on the run. He flees from country to country and the people chasing him catch.... well that would be telling wouldn't it. Suffice to say the book is classic Grisham, at his best spinning a yarn without an awful lot going on. It's gripping and the ending well.... that would be telling too.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Partner. It has more twists and turns than a very twisty thing! I was kept guessing right until the end as to what was going to be revealed next. Definetely Grisham at his best. Go out and buy it!
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This was the first John Grisham I have ever read and I have to say that it was brilliant from start to finish. I have never read a book that was so difficult to put down. An ingenious plot and superb writing made this an incredible story.
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This was the first Grisham book i read and i have now read 3 of his books and i can firmly say that this still is my favouite. And definatly one of his best books. This book has your attention from the off set! The first few chapters are amazing! Grisham is vivid with his description but doesn't dewell on it. There isn't a slow chapter anywhere in the book, something new is always being unvealed to keep you interested. The overall plot of the book is amazing. Some might say the ending was weak i thought it was good, as long as you don't try to sit down and figure it out. If you just sit back and read the book you will be amazed by what happens and you will have the book finished in no time. A truely great book
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This is the most disappointingly irritating John Grisham novel I have read so far. The writing is Grisham's usual - no complaints over style - but the plot is awful.

Patrick is a criminal who faked his own death and stole $90 million from his employer, yet he is the star of the show and we are meant to sympathise, despite learning relatively little about how or why he did it until fairly late on. He's now been caught, and the book tells the story of his attempts to get away with it.

Forget what I said earlier. The style is awful. Almost the entire plot is played out as dialogue. Between Patrick and his lawyer, Patrick and his judge, the FBI and the victims etc. As such there is no action at all beyond the first chapter. Everything is people talking about events in the past.

And finally, the end, while set up to be the traditional Grisham conclusion, suddenly departs from that track at the last second leaving the reader feeling unfulfilled. There's no hint whatsoever that this is what's coming.

So overall this gets three stars from me. It's entertaining from the point of view that you keep reading because you want to know all the details, but infuriating because of the points above.
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