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The Associate Hardcover – 27 Jan 2009

2.6 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (27 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846050928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846050923
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"GRISHAM HAS A FIELD DAY...The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
"Grisham's confident style hasn't changed, and THERE'S SUSPENSE APLENTY." --"People"
"Grisham makes it easy for us to keep flipping the pages...A DEVASTATING PORTRAIT OF THE BIG-TIME, BIG-BUCKS LEGAL WORLD." --Patrick Anderson, "The Washington Post"
"Throughout, Grisham unwinds the spool of his narrative at a MASTERFUL, page-turning pace that pulls readers in and keeps them wanting more..."The Associate" is an absorbing thriller that's A FITTING FOLLOW-UP TO "THE FIRM."" --"The Boston Globe"
"COMPULSIVELY READABLE...You're peering into a secret world of power and money. What more could you or any red-blooded American ask for?" --"Time" magazine
"A PAGE-TURNER...Kyle McAvoy recalls Mitch McDeere from Grisham's breakout novel "The Firm." He's young, idealistic, handsome, a little too cocky for his own good, but a brilliant lawyer who gets pulled in over his head and given an education in how the world really works." --"The Los Angeles Times"

GRISHAM HAS A FIELD DAY The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
Grisham s confident style hasn t changed, and THERE S SUSPENSE APLENTY. "People"
Grisham makes it easy for us to keep flipping the pages A DEVASTATING PORTRAIT OF THE BIG-TIME, BIG-BUCKS LEGAL WORLD. Patrick Anderson, "The Washington Post"
Throughout, Grisham unwinds the spool of his narrative at a MASTERFUL, page-turning pace that pulls readers in and keeps them wanting more "The Associate" is an absorbing thriller that's A FITTING FOLLOW-UP TO "THE FIRM." "The Boston Globe"
COMPULSIVELY READABLE You're peering into a secret world of power and money. What more could you or any red-blooded American ask for? "Time" magazine
A PAGE-TURNER Kyle McAvoy recalls Mitch McDeere from Grisham's breakout novel "The Firm." He's young, idealistic, handsome, a little too cocky for his own good, but a brilliant lawyer who gets pulled in over his head and given an education in how the world really works. "The Los Angeles Times"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The latest legal thriller from international number one bestselling author John Grisham

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Format: Hardcover
This latest book by JG is very much 'The Firm'-lite insofar as a newly qualified law graduate (Kyle McAvoy) passes the bar exam and gets involved in shady dealings within a law firm. The difference here is it's not the firm that's dodgy, but the people Kyle's dealing with outside of it.

I've read several tautly-written thrillers where absolutely EVERY word counts and to expunge a single one would diminish the book. Not so with 'The Associate' where you could literally remove 100+ pages with zero effect on the plot! But, as almost always with Grisham, it's still very slickly written and entertaining despite the padding.

Now, at this stage I would award the novel three stars were it not for the ending - because the author forgot to include one! I was reading on excitedly for the last thirty pages wondering how JG was possibly going to tie everything up... when it just petered out. Nothing is resolved and if a sequel isn't on the cards then it should be.

Overall this is a fairly enjoyable shaggy dog story, but John is capable of much better than this.
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Format: Hardcover
The last 10 chapters are missing....unless I'm missing something. This is the first John Grisham I've read and I gather from the other reviews that it isn't his best. It's well written and is a page turner but (and it's a big but) I got to the end and wondered where the final chapters were. There's no resolution of who did what and why - I felt really let down. The frustrating thing about it being unfinished is that it didn't need to be. I'm thinking about emailing Mr.G to ask if he'd like me to complete it so he can put the ending up on his website FOC.
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I'm a huge JG fan but this book was a real let down. The story is repetitive as if he's struggling to fill the pages, its longwinded because it takes so long to move the weak plot forward. The character descriptions are good and you do feel you get to know the characters, but overall its a huge let down. The blurb says its full if twists and turns... strongly disagree on this ... there are more twists and turns on a ruler than in this book.

Save your money .. use your local library for this one . You have been warned twice now.
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The Associate is a mildly interesting thriller which had the potential to be significantly better than it is, but which is let down by several fundamental flaws.

What is wrong with the book? Well for starters, the hero has no motivation for his behavior. The premise is that some mysterious guys blackmail Yale law student Kyle McAvoy into going to work for a prestigious law firm and passing on inside information to them. They do this based on his involvement with a group rape five years previously. The problem is that he wasn't actually involved and there is no evidence that he was. So rather than having something that he didn't do come out, he agrees to abandon his career plans and participate in illegal activities. It doesn't make any sense.

The next problem: There's no tension. The book does get more interesting in the middle section when Kyle enlists an ally and starts to devise a plan to turn the table on his blackmailers. However rather than building the tension (something that he did so well in The Firm), Grisham just lets it dissipate. For the majority of the book, Kyle doesn't do any spying and his handlers seem okay with that. Nor does he ever seem to be in serious danger of getting caught at work.

Finally, there's the ending. There's no pay-off for the reader. The book just peters out and many key plot points are left unresolved. A very unsatisfying note to end on.

It's frustrating because there was a decent book buried somewhere in this mess but unfortunately it never saw the light of day. A better novel that follows a similar premise is Paranoia by Joseph Finder.
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Format: Paperback
This book is undoubtedly readable, but sadly it lacks any real depth and shies away from any meaningful ending. Another review I read described this as Grisham on "auto-pilot" and this sounds about right. He repeatedly hammers home the same points about how much money Wall Street lawyers charge, how hard it is for young associates and how clever and evil the baddies are, but never actually develops any realistic relationships between the characters. I don't feel I know any more about the characters than I did at the beginnning and I certainly don't understand their motivation for acting the way they do.

As for the ending - rubbish. I was hoping that, hidden under all the tedious stuff about the machinations of corporate law, it was building to a thrilling climax where Kyle would overcome his nemesis. Unfortunately the story simply peetered out and there was no resolution to Kyle's personal or professional problems.

The only saving grace of this book is that it's an easy read and keeps you interested until the end. It's just a shame that, once you get there, the end wasn't worth the read.
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I agree with most of the reviews on here. A very disappointing read. The whole book is spent building up to something that never happens. As I got about half way through I found myself thinking that if something didn't happen soon Grisham was going to run out of pages. Low and behold - he did. A very abrupt ending that left so many questions unanswered. It really does seem like he just lost interest. I won't be buying any more of his books until I've read a few reviews. It's terrible to have to say that about such a highly regarded author. Be warned - don't bother with this one.
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