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The Partner

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  89,923 Ratings  ·  1,827 Reviews
They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in a small town 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 we ...more
Published March 1st 2001 by Langensch.-Hachette, M (first published February 26th 1997)
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Jun 25, 2008 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  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
Aug 03, 2012 Mica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Eddie Owens
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Natalie Vellacott
This is not one of the best Grisham books, but there is enough suspense and drama to make it worth reading. I don't think it has been made into a movie yet although there may be a TV series pending...

A man is hiding out in Brazil under an assumed identity. Four years before he had been a partner in a successful law firm in America. By all accounts he was happily married and adored his daughter. But then, he had died in a car accident. Shortly afterwards ninety million dollars had disappeared fro
Katherine 黄爱芬
Patrick Lannigan bangkit kembali dr kematiannya.

Setelah hampir 5 thn melarikan diri dan melanglang benua Amerika dan Eropa, Patrick ditemukan dlm keadaan nyaris kritis. Dihadapkan pd berbagai tuduhan, dari penggelapan uang sebesar 90 juta dollar, hingga pemalsuan kematiannya, menyeret dirinya utk membeberkan dan menuntaskan satu per satu masalah pelik yg jatuh beruntun menimpa dirinya.

Thriller dgn penceritaan yg dituturkan dr tokoh utama bukanlah tema yg saya sukai. Cenderung membosankan dan sit
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
Jan 24, 2009 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 07, 2011 Mahyudin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 22, 2016 SumitRK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fast paced, gripping story more like 'The Firm' & 'The Runaway Jury'.
It's not a courtroom drama but more about how the protagonist uses the system & legal maneuvers to get himself out of trouble.
Grisham’s writing style keeps you engaged at all times & there are not many dull moments in the book. The detailed plans & strategies he executes, the subplots, the suspense elements keeps you hooked till the end.
Only the ending leaves you a bit disappointed & ruins
Mar 17, 2014 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great tale by Grisham, I flew right through it!

The Partner tells us about Patrick Lanigan, who once worked for a high law firm, and after overhearing about a scheme they're conspiring, which Patrick heard he wasn't gonna be in on, and that they were planning to fire him, Patrick splits. He steals millions of dollars from the corrupt firm, fakes his death, leaves the United States and transfers the money to an offshore bank account. Now 4 years later Patrick is living in Brazil under the
Oct 13, 2010 Marge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2010 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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…
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Jan 28, 2017 John Beta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like unpredictability, and this book did it up to the very last paragraph. IMHO, everyone got what they deserved.
May 12, 2016 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything I have ever read by J. G. He gives such a inside view to the judicial world, that one really starts to feel a part of that realm.
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,
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jul 18, 2012 Maryann rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2012 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Oct 28, 2015 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Partner by John Grisham John Grisham

I had read The Partner by John Grisham years ago and have just recently re-read. I believe I am more impressed today with the novel than 15 years ago when first published. The way Grisham is able to tell a story is, of course, entertaining, but Grisham’s descriptions of attorneys, their behaviors, and their egos are absolutely hilarious and spot-on! If you want some insight into how our justice system behaves look no further. Here is an entertaining story that will provide all the fun of a gre
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Sep 27, 2010 Baneen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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.
Jul 30, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
This book was highly entertaining right up to the end. I hate the end. Blach!
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good John Grisham book, but it just felt a little forced over his earlier novels.
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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” 6 likes
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