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If you thought Mitch McDeere was in trouble in The Firm, wait
until you meet Kyle McAvoy, The Associate

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 trie
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Hardcover, 373 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Doubleday (first published 2009)
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Stephanie
Feb 02, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed in Grisham's latest work. He took more than half the book to create this wonderfully detailed plot and then three chapters to close the book. Three chapters in which he untwisted some of the elements of the plot, didn't resolve anything, and quit to early. I felt so unfulfilled at the end.

It kills me that his latest books haven't been up to par with his earlier works. In the beginning, his books were well-crafted and well-executed. After he began seeing his books turn into
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Michael
Mar 02, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Good books don't necessarily have to provide all the answers to every plot thread introduced into them. We want our characters to feel like they have lives beyond the confines of the printed page and that their story exists before, during and after the book we're reading. But a good book should at least provide the reader with some sense of closure and not the feeling like an editor was standing over the writer, pointing out that he or she had x-number of pages left or he or she was slowly reach ...more
babyhippoface
Oct 01, 2012 babyhippoface rated it liked it
Shelves: grown-up-stuff
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Terrie
Feb 22, 2009 Terrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-law
The most anti-climactic book ever. What happened to the Grisham I used to love?
Salymar
Nov 08, 2012 Salymar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start this review by saying I LOVE KYLE MC AVOY. He's an idealistic, brave, intelligent not to mention a good looking law student. I wish I can find someone like him at the law school I'm going to be accepted at. (HAHA. Sorry, the girly side of my brain started to speak up. lol)

Some people say that this is a suffice to John Grisham's highly acclaimed novel, 'The Firm'. And after reading this, I found out that it is real and adequate. For the reason that in both novels, young lawyers are on
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Sesh
Feb 08, 2009 Sesh rated it did not like it
With every book, Grisham gets worse. I keep telling myself I should stop reading the garbage he his dishing out, but I keep going back just to find out how bad it can get. What can I say? I give one star because for effort, just to type the words in. Otherwise there is not much to recommend in this book. The plot is weaker than Bud Lite, the ending is anti-climactic.
Mark
May 22, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
It was ok but no more than that. Young trainee lawyer blackmailed into working for an enormous law firm so as to steal information on a major case they are working. As with all Grisham novels it is an exciting enough story which means you want to turn over the next page but unlike previous Grisham novels I have read I was quite able to put it down when normal life demanded. I was interested to reach the denoument but not 'step over an injured puppy' type interested.

Erik Singer narrated and he d
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Leah
Feb 14, 2009 Leah rated it liked it
In most circumstances, the "quick reads" or "beach books" are so lame-brain and cornball that I skim the book in a half-hour (i.e. James Patterson) However, I have read (really read, not skimmed) every one of Grisham's books. I enjoy Grisham because his stories are the same. You have the same kind of characters, the same dialogue, but it's always suspenseful. You always want to know what's going to happen next. I am comforted by his predictability, for some odd reason.
Councillor
John Grisham is known for writing fast-paced escapism novels consisting of entertainment value more than of realism. "The Associate" deals with Kyle McAvoy, an ambitious law student in his last semester who later becomes an associate with one of the largest law firms in the world. However, not everything takes course as planned - Kyle is confronted with an unsettling detail of his past, a girl who claims to have been raped by two of his friends while Kyle himself watched dead drunk. A mysterious ...more
Jeffrey
Mar 02, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grisham fans, legal thriller fans
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Nick
No spoiler alert needed because there are no spoilers. Every aspect of this novel has been done in earlier works of 'legal fiction' by Grisham, and sections bolted together for this new novel. It was enjoyable and a prototypical Grisham read, but there was absolutely nothing new under this literary sun...

Grisham should parody the creation of the next Grisham novel, where a bright young legal graduate is coerced into a secretive law firm. On his first day, he is spirited into a basement vault, wh
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☮Karen
Mar 08, 2009 ☮Karen rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly caught up in this book from page 1 and could barely put it down until the last page. Very exciting even though at times I wanted to yell at Kyle, the main character, not to fall for the blackmail scheme laid out before him. For anyone who has been to a few too many drinking parties in college, this will bring back those memories of regrets and situations that could have gotten out of hand. Kyle was involved in the latter, and thought it was all behind him, until he is approached ...more
Shannon
Feb 10, 2009 Shannon rated it liked it
If you like Grisham's earliest works (the Firm, the Pelican Brief, etc.) you'll probably like this one too. It's fast paced, about a young lawyer in big firm who is in trouble. However, I didn't like this one as well as some of the others because I thought the ending was VERY unsatisfying. Grisham didn't tie up the ends the reader is dying to find out at the end of the novel. Darn! I'll be interested in what others say about it
Matthew
Jul 21, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
It seems like lately when I read Grisham, its a good story with some interesting twists and turns, but the climax is not really super exciting and there tends not to be all that much resolution. That was the case again here. A good book - but not tons of excitement.
rachel
Dec 03, 2010 rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, own
Boy, that John Grisham really can write!

By that, I mean that he is capable of putting nouns, verbs, and punctuation in order to form sentences, because that is what The Associate is: basically just a lot of sentences. Sentences describing parties, lunches, bed linens, apartment interiors, and hunting trips, with half-assed attempts at intrigue and characterization thrown in here and there. Of course that's what "comfort fiction" and "beach reads" are all about. But I had it in my head from read
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Oliver
Jan 19, 2016 Oliver rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one's ok. I'm pretty sure, however, that Grisham has a lot of much better things to offer in his more popular books. The thing that puts me off about this one is that things only stir up late (only until the start of the book's last quarter, I think). Before that, it's like he's just slowly making a big mound of anything; and you see, that's the part that's a little too boring.
Jim
Feb 09, 2009 Jim rated it it was ok
This is the slowest Grisham book I've read -- and I've read them all. It's tedious. It does not read like Grisham. There's almost no action until the end of the book, and then there's not much. What a disappointment.
Jim
Feb 06, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing
As usual with Grisham, I can't put a book down for very long until I've picked it up again. I would hope that there might be a follow-up to this one so I can learn about what happens to the "bad guys".
Stephanie
Apr 10, 2011 Stephanie rated it did not like it
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Brittany Jedrzejewski
Jan 03, 2011 Brittany Jedrzejewski rated it did not like it
“It’s Criminal!”

I am a positive person and I feel bad about putting negativity out there, especially in a book review. I must say, however, that The Associate by John Grisham was a terrible book. I hadn’t read anything by Grisham since The Firm and The Pelican Brief while in high school. At the time, they seemed like somewhat smart novels. I came across The Associate at Half Price Books and thought “why not?” Boy, has time changed the author—and not for the better. My mom put it best, “he has a
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Stuart Fujisaki
May 03, 2013 Stuart Fujisaki rated it did not like it
I grabbed this book off the shelf after coming across a blurb regarding this story’s protagonist. It said something like, “if you thought Mitchell McDeere had problems in The Firm, wait ‘til you see what happens to Kyle McAvoy in The Associate. “ What a crock of….. well, you know what.

I love The Firm - the book, that is – the movie was stupid. I return to it every two to three years. Somebody obviously grabbed me with the right hook to pick up this new Grisham story, but it sorely disappointed m
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Denise
Aug 29, 2016 Denise rated it liked it
Law student Kyle McAvoy is in a bit of trouble: Some shady characters have got hold of a secret from his past that could drag him to court and get him thrown in jail. He feels he has no choice but to go along with their demands: Take a job at one of the biggest law firms in the world and spy, steal and generally do a bunch of things that could get him thrown in jail on behalf of his blackmailers.

I always forget that with Grisham the blurb tends to be a lot more thrilling than the actual book, po
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Joe
Jul 18, 2016 Joe rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened-to
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Seth
Oct 22, 2012 Seth rated it did not like it
Every couple of years, I like to remind myself why I stopped reading his books. And this one was a really good reminder.

I was a big fan back in the nineties, when he first came out. I read all the books, watched most of the movies. But the stuff he writes now is so. . . different. In the last couple of books of his I've read, it seems like when the time comes for the crap to hit the fan, he just flushes the crap instead. Sure, it's nice and clean, but not nearly as exciting. Nowadays, he seems f
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Kyra
May 05, 2011 Kyra rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This is the 2nd incredibly disappointing book I've read by Grisham now. Unless he plans to write a sequel to actually end the book there is no excuse for this. It's like he got bored 3/4 of the way through & gave up & sent it to his editor or he didn't know how to end it so he just gave up - thinking we'd buy anything with his name on it because his first few books were pretty good.

An elaborate twisty set up with many characters and then NOTHING HAPPENS. I'm ok with "bad guys getting awa
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Claire Grasse
Mar 12, 2009 Claire Grasse rated it it was ok
Although I only gave this two stars (for its two-dimensional quality), that's twice as many as I've BEEN giving John Grisham for his last decade of writing). I'm hopeful that this means that Grisham is on a climb back up to the quality of plot he used to write in his earliest days (quality that seemed to grind to a painful halt soon after The Testament).

*****SPOILER ALERT*******

This book is really The Firm, reworked. The first 3/4 of the book has the protaganist Kyle hemming and hawing about h
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Gerald Sinstadt
Jan 01, 2010 Gerald Sinstadt rated it did not like it
With a big early hurdle to surmount and an ending that beggar's belief, this is far from vintage Grisham. The page-turning lure works but it does so by cheating. The Associate simply has too many loose ends. Building suspense and a sense of menace is not difficult if many of the suspenseful and menacing elements don't have to be explained.

When Kyle McAvoy, the eponymous Associate, is blackmailed in the opening pages over an incident in his past (not that he was actually guilty of anything) he d
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Ellen
Sep 12, 2011 Ellen rated it it was ok
I don't really know why I picked up a John Grisham book; that's something I gave up doing a long time ago. His first two books, A Time to Kill and a Pelican Brief, were very good. Every book since then has been more of the same. I feel like he has a pile of standard characters and situations, and he just keeps shuffling them around with a new twist here and there to keep it (mildly) interesting.

Once again, Grisham makes the point that the system of lawyer training is no good. First year associat
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Kate
Jan 13, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Someone passed this book down to me after they bought it in the airport. I gave it 2 stars only because I was entertained enough to read to the end. But this book sucked. Ok....they say right at the beginning (and on the book jacket...no spoilers here) that the main character is going to be forced to spy for his fancy law firm. So then I waited...for page, after page, after page, for him to begin some damn spying. And when the "spying" did begin, it was so anticlimactic it was ridiculous.

Also, a
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Somya
Jan 21, 2016 Somya rated it liked it
I was disappointed by this book especially because I've heard such praises about Grisham. I think I should've read The Firm first because now that I've read The Associate, I don't think I'm going to take it up. Anyway, the plot is not explained completely which is fine when books give you more than just the plot but not in this book because the plot was all it had.
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