The Associate: A Novel

Kobo ebook | March 16, 2010

byJohn Grisham

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Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they’ll use to ruin him–unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something any ambitious young lawyer would kill for: a job in Manhattan as an associate at the world’s largest law firm. If Kyle accepts, he’ll be on the fast track to partnership and a fortune. But there’s a catch. Kyle won’t be working for the firm but against it in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him, the FBI, and his own law firm–in a malignant conspiracy not even Kyle with all his intellect, cunning, and bravery may be able to escape alive.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

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Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they’ll use to ruin him–unless he does exactly what they ...

Bestselling novelist John Grisham is a former lawyer and politician. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8, 1955. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University. He was admitted to the bar in Mississippi in 1981 after earning his law degree from the University of Mississippi, specializing in ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 16, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307576159

ISBN - 13:9780307576156

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Grisham's best Grisham’s best known trademark is his ability to write mesmerizing legal thrillers. With a political overtone to his one, he has brought us another story that is absorbing enough to keep readers attention. If you liked “The Pelican Brief” and “The Firm”, you may want to read this one. The hero is Kyle McAvoy, onetime editor of the Yale Law Journal, whose post-graduation plans were to work as a legal-aid representing illegal migrant workers. His dream is chattered when he is visited by Bennie Wright, a sinister fellow who has discovered a skeleton in Kyle’s closet: a video of Kyle’s fraternity brothers, gang raping a girl in his apartment while he watched on. Bennie threatens to make it public and destroy Kyle’s legal career if he doesn’t accept a job at the prestigious law firm of Scully& Pershing. He needs Kyle inside the firm to obtain confidential information and documents regarding a law suit against two defense industries. We have two main themes playing throughout the novel that criss-cross each other, first the novel highlights the extreme pressure of being an associate in a powerful firm where it is expected two work limitless billable hours in order to artificially inflate their customers bill. The other is Kyle’s reluctant role as Bennie’s in house spy. The author usually writes intricate plots that have his readers flipping page after page. This novel started in the same manner but for some reason mid-way, the storyline fizzled and the pacing began to bog down. Although not unique, Kyle’s character is interesting and rather smart. I particularly liked his clever plan to outwit Bennie; it provided some unpredictability and helped maintain my attention. As for the supporting characters, most were rather dull and some I would even consider a distraction to the main plot. I felt Grisham ran out steam towards the end, this has left me with a so so memory of the novel.
Date published: 2011-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed The ending did feel like John Grisham just stopped writing. I was expecting to find out who Bennie was. It was an exciting book but was incomplete in the ending.
Date published: 2010-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing Although I am a big fan of John Grisham, I was a bit disappointed in The Associate. The character never really got into the role of spying on the firm or confronting the bad guys. It will keep you interested, however I was thoughly disappointed in the ending.
Date published: 2010-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointment This novel started out quite well and managed to hold interest almost through to the end. Then it seems as if Grisham got tired of writing and ended the novel. So much was left unanswered: the main character's love interest, his future after resigning from his seemingly promising career in the world's largest law firm, whether his tormentor is ever caught. The climax of this novel didn't occur! And after such a promising start and quite a good story, it really was a disappointment!
Date published: 2009-12-21