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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this to my mom who usually likes these types of books but she didn't like this one. Said it was bad.
If you are looking for a good book try 11-22-63
Typical of Grisham's books, The Associates keeps you on edge until the end. It was hard to put the book down.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked all of the references to Pittsburgh and NYC. It was a nice change from the southern settings. I was disappointed in the ending.Published 10 days ago
I'd would give it 3 1/2 lol but eh 3's pretty good , predictable but i've read most of J.G.'s books ,anyway pretty good I still don't want to be a Lawyer lolPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Filled with suspense! Always waiting for the next Bennie and Kyle encounter. Made me think of my days in a corporate and securities boutique firm ... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
Read the 1-star reviews. they are spot on. I knew something was amiss when the pages remaining got lower and lower and the resolution, that ought to have taken a fair bit of space... Read morePublished 18 days ago by West Coast Paddler
I liked the story, the characters, the locations and specific idea of how this probably has already happened. Right here in the USA. Wow, what a business world we live in.Published 25 days ago by George McAfee