- 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)
The Partner Paperback – 28 Oct 2010
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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.
"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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Struggled through this book.. And by the ending it wasn't worth it. Not the usual standard by JG.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gripping, you like and hate then like again the main character. Good read.Published 12 days ago by Barbara Payne
A great & typical read from John Grisham. I look forward to reading another JG book.
Well thought out with lots of turns throughout, could not wait to get to bead at night to... Read more
Read this year's ago but haven't read it again but love John Grisham and this is one of his bestPublished 2 months ago by Sherry