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Bestseller Grisham's contemporary legal thriller offers an action-and-suspense plot reminiscent of that of his breakout book, 1991's The Firm, in contrast to 2008's didactic The Appeal, which served as a platform for his concerns about the corrupting effects of judicial elections. Kyle McAvoy, a callow Yale Law School student, dreams of a public service gig on graduation, until shadowy figures blackmail him with a videotape that could revive a five-year-old rape accusation. Instead of helping those in need, McAvoy accepts a position at a huge Wall Street firm, Scully & Pershing, whose clients include a military contractor enmeshed in a $800 billion lawsuit concerning a newly-designed aircraft. McAvoy can avoid exposure of his past if he feeds his new masters inside information on the case. Readers should be prepared for some predictable twists, an ending with some unwarranted ambiguity and some unconvincing details (the idea that a secret file room in a high stakes litigation case would be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every night stretches credulity to the breaking point). Still, Grisham devotees should be satisfied, even if this is one of his lesser works.
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Critics agree with Entertainment Weeklythat The Associate"is vintage Grisham, for better or worse, made timely with its sorry portrait of what passes for everyday ethics on Wall Street." Like his previous novels, The Associateis heavy on readability, predictability, and pace, and lighter on character development, scene setting, and style—no surprises here. Fans of Grisham cited masterfully drawn characters and page-turning subplots, but less enthusiastic reviewers faulted stock villains, a rather mysterious Kyle, and implausible storylines. Timeeven claimed that unlike Michael Crichton or Scott Turow, who "wrestle with actual issues," Grisham deals with, well, nothing. Still, you know what you're getting into with The Associate, for better or for worse.
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I am a "twice reader"" , so the characters really live for me,a by the time I finish the second Tim. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Prissy
Very good storyline. Grisham keeps the reader engaged with his very believable scenario.Published 16 days ago by L.R. White
I felt a chapter or two were missing; the ending was clear disappointment and not characteristic of Grisham.Published 16 days ago by EFW
I was disappointed that the author did not explain where the Video came from!!! Other than that
I liked it very much.
Needed a better ending, to clarify what and who were after the lawyer.Published 20 days ago by george
I found this book of John Grisham's more to my liking than his The Pelican Brief. (I reviewed that, too, just now, and it, too was good. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Susanna
As always on the edge of my seat. You're so drawn in your heart is pounding as much as the characters.Published 24 days ago by Jan Vincent