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The Partner Hardcover – February 26, 1997
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A short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial then fled. A fortune was stolen from his ex-firm's offshore account. And Patrick ran, covering his tracks the whole way.
But, now, they've found him.
Top Customer Reviews
Patrick Lanigan is a partner in a law firm in Biloxi Mississippi when he is killed in a fiery car crash. He is burned beyond recognition, and his remains are cremated and then buried. But when several weeks later, 90 million dollars goes missing from his law firm, Patrick becomes the chief suspect. Four and a half years later, Patrick is discovered living in Brazil, and is captured and tortured by some disreputable characters who are working on behalf of the companies that were bilked of their millions, including two insurance companies. Patrick does have the money, although he doesn't know the exact location of it. But he also knows a terribly powerful secret that can bring many people crashing down if the information was to be made public. The Partner becomes a literary game of chess as Patrick uses this information while bargaining with the FBI, the Justice Department and Harrison County Law Enforcement.
But while The Partner is entertaining, it is totally unbelievable. First, Lanihan has managed the almost perfect crime, and there are just too many coincidences to be realistic. He becomes an expert at disappearing, becomes proficient in a new language, masters electronic surveillance, tackles offshore banking, learns to hide money, creates gasoline bombs, and a host of other skills.Read more ›
I enjoyed the non-linear storytelling style: the book opened with Lanigan being found by his pursuers, and then the backstory of how and why he stole the money, and how he hid from his pursuers, is filled in. For most of the book, Lanigan looks like a "bad guy" himself, in fact. It was a nice change-up on the way the plot was laid out.
Many have complained about the end of the book. I enjoyed the journey enough to trust Grisham with the end. I'll leave all readers to make up their own mind about Lanigan's fate.
Consider the issues he's taken on in previous books: A Time to Kill was a statement against racism, The Chamber was his argument against the death penalty, The Rainmaker challenged the health insurance industry, and The Runaway Jury took on big tobacco. But this book doesn't have a real villain, at least not in some institutional form. The only thing that motivates all the main characters is the cry, "Show me the money!"
And here is perhaps the thrust of the novel. Grisham explores the corrupting power of greed, evidenced through lawsuit and litigation. No one is immune. Lives are shipwrecked and ethics are compromised because of the seductive desire for untold millions. Even those we believe to be noble are not above selling out their closest loved ones.
Though part of me desperately wanted a different ending, it serves as a striking commentary on utter emptiness of those whose ultimate goal is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It also reminds us once again that the best laid plans of mice, men and even Grisham heroes go aft agley.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first little bit of leisure reading that I've done in a while, and this one made me think. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Carmen
As all Grisham stories the plot was involved with a surprise ending.Published 4 days ago by Thomas P Stagnaro
Danilo Silva is an ordinary guy or is he? Danilo has an interesting past Once, known as Patrick Lanigan, Daniel was a partner in a law firm. Read morePublished 12 days ago by P.S. Winn
I thought the ending was rather predictable. The book was however very well written to lead the reader through the twists and turns off the plot. Read morePublished 13 days ago by David
This was absolutely a fascinating story, but maybe just a little too facile. Having been married to a lawyer for 40 years it would be strange to me that he would have the time and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by D. St James
Great book with a great twist. Just what I always expect from Grisham!Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
The worst ending you can imagine. Spoiled the whole experience.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story, well paced, with lots of twists and turns. Great characters, as usual with Mr. Grisham's books. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jim McCoy
John Grisham is an excellent writer but this book started dragging about 2/3's the way through. The story line was involved and an interesting concept. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dp