- Mass Market Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: Dell (September 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440243823
- ISBN-13: 978-0440243823
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,128 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From Bookmarks Magazine
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.
Copyright 2009 Bookmarks Publishing LLC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It felt like Grisham's publisher called and said he needed the book in 2 hours - so he had the character do exactly what we knew he should have done in the firs 4 pages of the book. That ending (which still could have been decent) was horribly disappointing. It may have been laying groundwork for a sequel - but I'm so dissappointed with this book, I'd never pick a second installment.
The beginning of the book starts out with a bang - gets right into the storyline and makes you think that the plot and character development will only continue throughout the rest of the 400-some pages. The storyline, in the vein of other Grisham novels, make the book sound interesting and promising.
Unfortunately, this isn't the case with <u>The Associate<u>. Without giving anything away, you can expect the following:
At times, this book seems very redundant. You will constantly be reminded throughout the chapters (and sometimes more than once in a chapter), that the main character is being followed, has been bugged, how scared he is of the consequences of his actions (past and present), and how there is no one he can turn to for help. Additionally, the antagonists don't seem to try too hard for their part, and the plot doesn't really require them to do so. The overall development of the characters just doesn't take place. Halfway through the book, it seems as though a plan has been hatched - something is going to happen soon! It's in spots like this that the lack of imagination and progress of the book really becomes apparent.
The book keeps you waiting for the thrills, twists and big shake-up, even after you've finished it. Many questions and the stories' of many characters remain unresolved, which doesn't make for a very satisfying book. I'm disappointed that I spent $10 on the paperback version of this.
Overall, it is a very disappointing read, albeit a relatively quick one. Grisham can certainly do better than this.
Kyle HAS to get out of this situation; and the romance with Dale (that name belongs to a female in this book--I had a male cousin
by that name) is sweet and tasteful. Furthermore, the insight which John Grisham gives the reader into big litigation/law firms is eye opening!!! Unbelievable! Incredible! Work hours are abominable . . .