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The Associate (original 2009; edition 2009)

by John Grisham

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Info:Doubleday (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Associate by John Grisham (2009)

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Like all Grisham thrillers, this is a good page-turner and won't last long on your bedside table. But this one comes disappointingly short compared to his other novels. The characters lack depth, the story is rather straightforward, and the conclusion is entirely, almost depressingly expected. The book is replete with the usual law-firm clichés : ginormous salaries, abusive billing, staggering work hours... so much that the actual intrigue almost becomes a side story at times. Yawn. ( )
1 vote timtom | Jun 26, 2013 |
Amazon preorder,Amazon received
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
This is the best Grisham in recent memory. ( )
  Collectoreader | Jan 25, 2013 |
I enjoyed this one of Grisham's. Not my absolute favorite, but still a good one. Reminded me of The Client. ( )
  shesinplainview | Jan 23, 2013 |
Kyle is a top notch law student, editor in chief of the law review at Yale, when a sex scandal from his college days is used to blackmail him to go to work in New York for the world's largest law firm. Grisham spends many pages telling of bad practices at the law firm, over-billing, making associates live a dog's lie, etc. It is all exaggerated and totally unsubtle. I found the story exceptionally unexciting at times. At the end there some tension but it totally fizzles out. It is the 20th Grisham book I have read and is without doubt the poorest and least exciting . If any of his books has a weaker ending it does not come to mind. But at least at the end Kyle intends to still practice law--in a two-man firm. ( )
  Schmerguls | Apr 11, 2012 |
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It's a deadly game of blackmail. And they're making him play. Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation: he's good looking, has a brilliant mind and a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life. One night that secret catches up with him in the form of some bad men in a dark alley - they have a deeply compromising video of the incident that haunts him. The men make it clear to Kyle that he no longer owns his own future - that he must do as they tell him, or the video will be made public knowledge, with all the unpleasant consequences. What price do they demand for Kyle's secret? Strangely, it is for Kyle to do exactly what any ambitious young lawyer would want to do: take a job in New York as an associate at the largest law firm in the world , a job that is incredibly well paid and, with mammoth hours and outrageous billing, could lead to partnership and a fortune. But Kyle won't be working for the company, but against it - passing on the secrets of the company's biggest trial to date, a dispute between two defense contractors worth billions of dollars to the victor. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him and the FBI, who would love to unmask the conspiracy. Will his intellect, cunning and bravery be enough to extricate him from an impossible dilemma?
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Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle McAvoy becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.… (more)

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