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The Partner

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  77,293 ratings  ·  1,492 reviews
They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well.But Danilo ha ...more
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Published July 3rd 2007 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 1997)
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LOVED this book - so smart and witty and edge-of-your-seat reading with lots of twists and turns. I'm torn about giving this 4 or 5 stars because the ending of this book taunts me in an intriguing and enjoyably annoying way...
Jul 08, 2007 Lois rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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I do own Grisham books, but only because family members keep buying them for me on birthday's and xmas's. I smile politely and thank them, wishing they would include the receipt. I have read this, and i don't recommend it unless you are 10 years old and want to start reading adult fiction. Dull, dull, dull. How this man is a best-selling writer is reflection of today's society's IQ.
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
A man jogging down a lonely road in Brazil is kidnapped and tortured, accused of being Patrick Lanigan, an American lawyer who was thought to have been killed in an automobile accident four years earlier--about the same time that $90 million disappeared from his law firm's offshore account. If he really is Lanigan, everyone wants a piece of him: his former partners, the client that the money came from, his wife, the insurance companies, the feds . . . Everyone. So is this guy really Patrick, and ...more
Sometimes, John Grisham gives me 'forced' endings. Sometimes, I would imagine him going:
"When's the deadline again? Holy sh*t, there's only a week left!"


"I'm already near my page limit, let me just squeeze everything in the last remaining pages."


"Let me just finish these in 2 chapters so I could go back to *insert hobby/party/gathering/person here*"

Quite juvenile thoughts for a well-published writter but just humor me here okay.

That being said, this is the first John Grisham book that didn'
Jane Stewart
Brilliant strategizing, excellent suspense, but FRUSTRATING AND SAD ENDING.

I love Grisham’s writing style. I was engaged all the way through. There was good action and a lot of suspense. By the end I was amazed, impressed, and intrigued with all the planning, strategizing, and how things worked out. It may not be believable but it was fun. Then the ending was frustrating and unhappy. I WANT HAPPY ENDINGS. Unfortunately that was my only problem with the book. I loved the experi
The other John
I'll give this one a grudging "check it out" rating. It's the tale of a lawyer, Patrick Lanigan, who had faked his death and then swiped ninety million dollars that his law firm had gathered in a settlement. As the book opens, it is four years later and Patrick is discovered. The rest of the book details how he attempts to escape the civil and criminal cases against him, intertwined with the details of how he pulled off the scam in the first place. Like the other Grisham novels I've read, the ch ...more
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He had me at The Firm. Since then, I devoured every book of his. I would excitedly wait for a new book to come out and would be first in line to buy one. But for some reason, I missed this book.

The protagonist is a disillusioned lawyer who went through some hoops to get himself seemingly entangled in a situation which as a reader I knew right away he would extract himself out of admirably. No surprise there.

In a typical Grisham manner, the story is engaging, fast-paced, and clever. Not necessa
I finished reading this book within 3 days, a gripping story which full of twists and the unexpected. Here’s my 5 cent review...

Luck was always on his side, his plans were well thought out, and they turned out to be perfectly schemed, and he finally succeed in buying his way out of jail, the punishment he always wanted to avoid, a nightmare to him. Started with how brilliantly he faked his death, ran away with his ex-firm’s USD 90 million and lived on the run for four years in Brazil, fell in lo
Jul 18, 2012 Maryann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Patrick Lannigan, died in '92 in a car wreck and left behind, a wife and a daughter...
Or so everyone thought!
I practically drooled on every page of the novel, so gripped by the awesomeness (that's the only word I can use), that is, Patrick Lannigan.
Now this guy! He fakes his death and disappears with 90 million dollars, then gets himself some hot Brazilian girlfriend. Is that a life or what?
I'm so tempted to give away all the spoilers, but out of the goodness of my heart, I'll let you all enjoy
"To Tell The Truth?"

Quite a few years ago, there was a television show called "To Tell the Truth" in which a celebrity panel, egged on by a celebrity moderator, would try to guess which of three guest panelists, when quizzed about their lives and circumstances, would turn out to be the actual named person. The game always ended in the command "Will the real 'John Doe' please stand up", at which point our suspense was relieved and we all got to congratulate or commiserate on our own candidate of
John Grisham has a curious way of drawing out courtroom fact, dramatic fiction, and credible dialog among compelling characters into entertaining legal page-turners. Unfortunately, Grisham's 1997 "The Partner" pulls together these elements among an only marginally interesting core of characters, all revolving around the capture and peculiar justice visited upon a presumed-dead partner in a Biloxi, Mississippi law firm.

"The Partner" focuses on Patrick Lanigan, an attorney who fakes his own death,
Disappointing book. It has the requisite guilty pleasure moments of bad guys getting their comeuppances and a smart main character bobbing and weaving his way around the system, but Grisham also makes an attempt at a morality play and this portion of the book never seems fully fleshed out.

The fun and strength of the book comes from the detailed telling of Patrick Lanigan faking his death and stealing a large sum of money in one fell swoop. The telling is mostly done through Lanigan recounting h
Armin Hennig
Gute Story, Grisham meets Leonard, jedenfalls hätte der Stoff das Potenzial dazu gehabt. Leider verfügt der Großmeister der politisch korrekten Gerichtskrimis weder über Erzählwitz noch über ausreichende Fähigkeiten bei der Charaktergestaltung für ein derartiges Unterfangen. Eine ganz nette Lektüre, so lange man nicht an das verschenkte Potenzial denkt.
Branko Jovanovski
Between 3 and 4 stars, but 3 would be more appropriate. A bit too predictable.
Till the second last chapter of this book, I kept thinking "John Grisham's novels were always so cool. What happened to this one? I ,mean, it's okay but not what I expected from this author."

Turned out I was wrong. The characters are all very interesting. Especially Patrick/Danillo.And Eva/Miranda was awesome. I loved what she did in the end. This is definetly one of Grisham's best novels. A must-read.
C.S. Boag
I read this hot on the heels of Iris Murdock's "The Nice and the Good" and they're as different as fish and fowl. Murdock's an intellectual- uses big words and intriguing insight. Grisham on the other hand is a machine- and in this novel the plot runs like the engine of a Ferrari.
How good he is. From the opening words, "They found him in Ponta Pa..." to the end; "Surely, one day she would find him," the story ticks over without missing a beat. The partner disappears with $90 million, a goodly su
Ok, I know... All of Grisham's stuff is alike and pap and not good enough for real readers. That may be true but I like the stuff. I wait until the paperback, but I grab it and read it and like it. The Partner is another good one. Attorney Patrick Lanigan disappeared four years ago with $90 million dollars. Everyone is looking for him and then he's found…
His best book. The plot is all set up at the beginning, so you know what a rat the main character is. But then? Turns out he's not such a rat after all.
Kind of depressing at the end, though.
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More like 3.75 stars

This is my 4th John Grisham book. I enjoy reading his novels very much. There is a certain simplicity and flow in his writing that makes them hard to put down. The concept in this book is interesting (though a little far fetched)and the ending is very good.

Like all Grisham novels Ive read (so far) it always ends with me wanting more. Whether that be more story, more court-room drama or more action. He takes a great idea and weaves a quick and compelling story with such ease t
This book was highly entertaining right up to the end. I hate the end. Blach!
John Yelverton
A good John Grisham book, but it just felt a little forced over his earlier novels.
Read a John Grisham after a long long time - dont remember which was the last one i read.

Strangely, while I was reading this book - I kept thinking of or more like missing the Millenium series novels.
Maybe it was because I was reading a suspense / thriller / on the run sort of book after a long time OR maybe I just missed the refined writing that those books had to offer.
From plot to detail to storyline.

But, like I was discussing with a friend of mine who pointed out and rightly so, that the
Roderick Hart
The partner in question is a lawyer, Patrick S Lanigan, who has stolen a large sum of stolen money from a bent client of his own bent law firm. Having done this, he has staged his own death and assumed a new identity in Brazil. This has the further advantage of getting him away from his wife who, apart from her body, leaves everything else to be desired.

In Brazil he is finally tracked down by people working for those he had defrauded. Even under extreme torture he does not reveal where the money
Hwa Jeong
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"Poor John Grisham. He pretty much single-handedly creates a genre, achieves blockbuster status with only his second novel, and every further effort flies off the bookstore shelves and onto the movie screen. And then, when he writes yet another of his books, everyone bashes him for being boring.^M ^M
Like The Firm, this is a novel about a man who is preternaturaly clever at figuring out the details. The protagonist is the same, although the name has been changed. I imagine this is Grisham's res
I enjoyed the story and finding out how it all worked out. It's sorta different from the other Grisham novels in that the hero isn't really a hero. He's a bad guy from the beginning but you still end up rooting for him against the other bad guys.


I wasn't too surprised by one revelation at the end of him snitching on himself. The surprise at the very end did get me as I still can't get where it came from. Totally out of the blue and sorta doesn't make sense. Maybe Patrick had to g
The ending came as a surprise, but frankly, it was disappointing and silly. The whole book was leading to a fantastic triumph, but no, Grisham has to rain on his own, the protagonist's (and the reader's) parade by yanking the happy-ever-after out from under everything. Look, dude, you got where you are by following a tried-and-true, formulaic model for popular fiction. We don't pick up a Grisham novel looking for great literature, we pick up a Grisham novel because we want to be entertained by a ...more
So who HASN'T ever had the desire to escape his current life and start afresh, preferably with 90 million dollars?
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“Life on the run was filled with dreams, some at night during sleep, real dreams, and some when the mind was awake but drifting. Most were terrifying, the nightmares of the shadows growing bolder and larger. Others were pleasant wishes of a rosy future, free of the past. These were rare, Patrick had learned. Life on the run was life in the past. There was no closure” 5 likes
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