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The Associate

A book by John Grisham

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Absolutely enjoyed this novel...

  • Feb 3, 2009
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I read some of the reviews before I read this book to try and get a feel for it and from what I was reading I was like "uh oh", I hope this isn't a Grisham bomb!! Thankfully this book IS NOT near as bad as other make it out to be. It's actually not bad at all. This was a very fast paced book that was written precisely for the movies, which is not at all surprising since they announced the actors for the movie before they even released this book. Strange. Grisham truly has his own style and it's evident throughout. The ins and outs of a law firm, some background on the legal profession, the stories intertwined around the law, and the clever smart-alec law student.

If you read books like I do and take it at face value, then you'll enjoy this story. If you read fiction (hence the keyword "fiction") and for have a need to say "wait, that can't happen", or "that doesn't make sense", then you won't like this book. Situations happen in this book that might be hard to believe but they are far from impossible. All fiction is based, in part, on some fact and that makes for an intriguing story line. Two companies that were partners are now bitter enemies due to a joint government project gone bad. And since this is good old America... THEY SUE! But this story goes so far beyond litigation. This deal is the richest in history and since money is the root of all evil... both sides pull out all the stops to get the upper hand and the methods they use would make a San Francisco liberal blush! :-) Well it would!

They will blackmail, extort, lie, build, spend, recruit, hire, hide, spy, plant, harass, follow, and kill to get the job done. Our friend Kyle, unfortunately, will see pretty much every single one of these tactics up close and personal. He handles the stress much better than I would think possible. In the course of this story Kyle has to deal with: trying to graduate, studying for the bar, getting blindsided by a bogus rape charge that he thought was gone, "selling out" to his friends and family, FORCED to take a job he knew he would hate, and having his freedom stripped away. How about that for a graduation present? It gets so bad that Kyle even says he can't remember that last time he's even though about sex. WOW! I don't think my life has ever been that bad. Hehehehehehehe!

I think a lot of the flack John is receiving is because this book does read like a fast action legal thriller. But that's because it is. Since the rights to the movie were released before the book I'm guessing that it was partly written as a screenplay. Either way I loved this book and had a lot of fun reading it. Although I have enjoyed all of Grisham's books, I think this one was the most entertaining I've read since `The Broker'. I have no doubt that you'll enjoy this one as well.

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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Another lawyerly Grisham. A good not too intense summer read.
review by . June 26, 2010
The Associate - An incomplete story
The Associate written by John Graham is a balanced book. It is really good but the ending could have been better. Towards the end, you find out what the main character did, he could have done it at the start of the book as well. The story revolved around a bright law student who is forced to work in a big law firm by blackmail. He has a dark secret which is now used to blackmail him to commit corporate espionage. The entire book shows how he tracks his blackmailers, as in, how he finds out how they …
review by . January 10, 2010
Interesting how I will probably be in the minority on this one. To me, John Griham can do little wrong with his writing. The Associate is really no exception. The story is detailed without being boring and quite exciting as Kyle seems to be a bit clever in avoiding the different bugs and wire traps Bennie and his boys throw at him. The fact that Bennie's real name is never revealed or discovered is not of great consquence to the novel.    There are several subplots but each one …
review by . February 24, 2009
If you have read the last few John Grisham fiction books, then you probably don't have to read this review. The Associate contains the typical Grisham elements: nefarious agents seeking to pervert the law, a sympathetic young protagonist, a somehow close yet superficial look at one particular aspect of the legal profession/justice system, and an ending that leaves one (or at least me) feeling vaguely unsatisfied.     The area explored in The Associate is the big New York law …
review by . June 22, 2009
People ask: How do you feel when you hear that ten lawyers drowned. They answer: It's a good start.   This joke could have been written by John Grisham whose best novels focus on the diabolical and unethical intrigues of large corrupt legal firms who take unfair advantage of people we come to like as we read his tale.  The associate Kyle McAvoy is the typical likable Grisham protagonist. He is in his early twenties, a bright aspiring lawyer, in his final year at Yale Law School, …
review by . January 27, 2009
This novel grabbed me on the first page. Why is this bright young law grad doing community service? Why is the FBI stalking him? And why is he so nervous? The plot reminded me of The Firm, which I enjoyed. The writing is competent, the story initially engrossing. A large law firm blackmails its own members for a nefarious agenda. The hero is a not so innocent, but sympathetic hero...    Grisham used to write novels that kept me on the edge of my seat. I recall The Pelican Brief, …
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Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential.

But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want—even though it's a job most law students can only dream about.

Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle 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.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and villains—from Baxter Tate, a drug-addled trust fund kid and possible rapist, to Dale, a pretty but seemingly quiet former math teacher who shares Kyle's "cubicle" at the law firm, to two of the most powerful and fiercely competitive defense contractors in the country—and featuring all the twists and turns that have made John Grisham the most popular storyteller in the world, The Associate is vintage Grisham.

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ISBN-10: 0385517831
ISBN-13: 978-0385517836
Author: John Grisham
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Doubleday
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