The Associate Hardcover – 27 Jan 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Save your money .. use your local library for this one . You have been warned twice now.
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.
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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