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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 h...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Doubleday (first published 2009)
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Stephanie
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...more
Michael
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
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Terrie
The most anti-climactic book ever. What happened to the Grisham I used to love?
Sesh
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.
Jeffrey
Mar 02, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grisham fans, legal thriller fans
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Salymar
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...more
Leah
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.
Mark
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...more
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...more
Shannon
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
rachel
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...more
Jim
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.
☮Karen
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
Stuart Fujisaki
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...more
Una Tiers
Glamour and reality clash in this fast paced Grishom thriller. It excels.
Jim
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
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Brittany Jedrzejewski
“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...more
Claire Grasse
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...more
Gerald Sinstadt
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...more
Ellen
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...more
Kate
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...more
Roberta
The book read fast as do most of Grisham's novels. I enjoyed most of the book except for the ending. I felt that Grisham could have tied things up a bit better with about 50 more pages.

The main character in this novel is a Yale law student who is blackmailed into taking a job with a huge New York law firm because of a mistake he made in college. We find out exactly how he does his best to avoid breaking the law in this book. Written in the vein of the Firm, but not as good.

Still if you like Gris...more
Aimee
No, this isn't the best book in the world, as you can tell by the reviews. It's so veeeeeeery slow paced and the ending left me more than just a little unsatisfied with all the questions just left unanswered. I did feel like there was a lot of wasted potential for this to be a way more suspenseful and exciting book. And I rolled my eyes seeing how some young lawyer student was able to continually outsmart a shady group of super mysterious and supposedly well trained professionals using gadgets a...more
Rita Monticelli
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Inizio di carriera di un giovane avvocato nei guai

Da un po’ di tempo a questa parte, o almeno negli ultimi suoi libri che ho letto, Grisham si diverte a lasciare un finale aperto, mettendo in evidenza come non sia affatto esso la parte più importante dei suoi romanzi. Non è per il possibile finale, infatti, che mi sono trovata costretta a leggere “Il ricatto” in pochi giorni, continuando a girare pagina anche negli orari più assurdi pur di andare avanti e asp...more
Kei
I LOVE John Grisham. He is and will always be a great story-teller. I especially appreciate the way he paces his novels.

However, this book The Associate does not show the marvelous writing Grisham has delivered in the past. I don't need him to be more verbose, sickeningly poetic, or heavy-handed with the prose. I just wish this one was written with a tad more depth; and given me something to chew on, instead of jumping straight to the point in every single chapter. His style is fine but I wish h...more
Darbyscloset
Mar 07, 2009 Darbyscloset rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Shelves: mystery
The Associate

John Grisham’s latest book is “The Associate”, which I just finished reading. I always enjoy Grisham’s work and so I was eager to read this book once it was released to the public.
Grisham’s previous release was “The Appeal”. The first part of this book I was a little disappointed, for I thought he was rewriting the same story as in “The Appeal”, yet with different characters. I should of known better for just as the background was being laid out for the reader in the first couple of...more
Nyra
SINOPSIS:


"Kyle Mc Avoy creció prácticamente en el pequeño bufete de su padre, en la tranquila ciudad de York, Pennsylvania. Saco excelentes notas durante toda la carrera de Derecho y fue elegido editor jefe del Yale Law Journal. Le esperaba un brillante futuro profesional.
Pero Kyle tambien tiene un secreto, un episodio de su vida de estudiante que le gustaria olvidar. Un secreto que acaba en manos de gente que le presiona para que acepte un puesto que no le gusta, aunque se trate de un trabajo...more
Seth
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...more
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more
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