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The Associate Hardcover – Print, January 27, 2009
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1. Kyle wants to work in the law.
2. Bad guy threatens Kyle with video and blackmails him to steal information from major legal firm. (Who is the bad guy? You'll never know.)
3. Kyle reluctantly cooperates.
4. Lots of meetings with bad guy and hero going over dull details.
5. Kyle agonizes
6. One moment of horror when a character dies (Who killed him? You'll never know)
7. Will Kyle execute plan of bad guy?
8. Then a completely deflating climax. (Believe me, you'll be sorely disappointed.)
There is a comparison on the book jacket to "The Firm" a previous Grisham hit novel. My advice, read "The Firm". If you must read this book, wait for the paperback to be on sale at the used bookstore near you.
This book was like my sixth grade term paper; we all had them, you would count the words until you got to the end. Likewise, although there was some great potential in this story it was not realized. Sure, there were half-hearted attempts to bring other characters to life, but they were all just that, half-hearted. The ending was among the most disappointing that I have ever come across--in any genre.
Nobody learns anything. There is no character progression--just a slow moving train wreck from which nobody emerges having been enlightened. In fact, the reader feels much like our protagonist--forced to endure a journey that was expected to be something completely different and not entirely sure how to escape. Heavens, big law firms are such a deliciously evil mix of stunningly warped personalities and distorted goals that any number of excellent thrillers could be drawn from facts known to just about any lawyer.
I do hope that Mr. Grisham rediscovers the joy of telling a story--he is very good at it; however, I cannot recommend this book.
He has written many good books, and no doubt will again, but don't waste your time with this one.
Grisham used to write novels that kept me on the edge of my seat. I recall The Pelican Brief, and A Time To Kill. Perhaps if I read them again, I would find them dated and boring, but I remember them as fast paced and enjoyable thrillers. His recent novels, like The Broker, were disappointing. I hoped for more in The Associate. Unfortunately I did not find it. Maybe Grisham has lost his edge, or maybe I have moved on to other things. Perhaps the legal thriller has had its run, and now shows signs of age. My attention began to lag after about 100 pages. I could not believe in the characters deeply enough to care about them. When routine tasks like cleaning the kitchen take precedence over a book, it is time to seek out another book! I am sorry to write this. I really liked Grisham, and I was hoping for more. I cannot recommend this novel to lovers of true adventure. This is not a terrible book, but it is not great. It will pass the time during a long flight, or on vacation, but there are better novels out there to discover.
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Twice during the reading of this book I allowed myself to think, "Oh, yeah - here comes the good stuff!" Only to be sorely disappointed. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kathleen Gates
I try to read all of John Grisham's books. He never disappoints. I especially liked this book. I could not put it down. Read morePublished 13 days ago by skinnygirl140800
Quite a long book for Grisham. Better than some of his efforts as it deals explicitly with the law and lawyers which is his home territory. Read morePublished 18 days ago by fish 0143
Not well written and lackluster conclusion. Quite disappointed in this work.Published 21 days ago by Victoria
In my opinion they're is not a more engaging story teller of legal mysteries/thrillers than John Grisham. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Numero Uno
Good read, intriguing and suspenseful, didn't actually see the kind of ending coming as it did, think there should be a sequel if there already is not one.Published 1 month ago by phil schlosser
No one does throwaway legal thrillers like Grisham. The Associate is in the same vein of most of his last 20 novels: young lawyer in trouble. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stewart Bushman