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The Associate

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,753 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews

A mesmerizing tale of deceit and criminal stealth in the high-stakes world of pharmaceutical research from Phillip Margolin, the New York Times bestselling master of the courtroom thriller.

Daniel Ames is living the American dream. Though born into poverty and living on the streets by the age of fifteen, Daniel has overcome every obstacle -- and now is an associate at Reed

Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published (first published September 21st 1997)
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Jan 24, 2015 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and interesting reading. An Associate at a major Law Firm is asked to do another Associate a favor and go through the discovery for a Pharmaceutical Company that is being sued. This ultimately leads to his termination for having let a piece of paper go through erroneously that said the law suit was justified. After his termination he begins to investigate what happened (highly unrealistic) and goes to meet with the head of his former firm at a cottage in the country in the mid-evening, whe ...more
In the 2nd installment of Phillip Margolin's Amanda Jaffe legal thriller series, The Associate, he told us a tale of deceit and criminal stealth in the pharmaceutical world. For Daniel Ames, he once had an impoverished life, and now was an associates with Reed, Briggs, Portland's prestigious law firm. Then Aaron Flynn entered his life, claiming that their drug causes unspeakable birth defects. Daniel claimed that his case had no merit. Then he started to investigate the issue, when his world cam ...more
May 08, 2012 Jean-marcel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sub-Grisham drivel, really. The protagonist is a complete pushover and tool, and I saw the setup coming so early on that the revelation only made me laugh. The author signposts everything by almost explicitly telling us who we ought to root for and showing us that the apparent philanthropists are actually transparent slimeballs. The writing was fairly poor and the ending an unintentional joke. I've only read a couple of writers who can make stories about lawyers interesting; this guy certainly i ...more
Anne Martin
Im sorry, it's not the best book from the great Margolin. It is too complicated a story, with a great start and a hard landing.
A company has been selling Insufort, to prevent gestational diabetes in women. It works, but the company who produces is burned out, or its research labs anyway. Women are claiming the risks for babies may be comparable with Thalidomide, where thousands of babies ending without normal arms. Geller, the creator, has to settle, because repeating the horrors of Thalidomide
Catherine Nelson
This book was seriously disappointing. The characters are somewhat flat and inconsistent; Daniel is downright annoying in his meekness and pessimism. He’s so downtrodden and beaten from the beginning, it’s really unlikely to me that he survived until the end, much less that he essentially saved the day. And Kate’s development, or perhaps the way she was revealed throughout the story, seemed unnatural, and therefore unbelievable; it made her unlikeable.

Additionally, this book is far too long. Th
Dec 05, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Ames feels everyday like he's in a dream. Having grown up in a less than desirable environment, Daniel has gotten his license to practice law and is loving it, even though his degree is not from one of the ivy league colleges, as the others in the firm are. When Susan asks him to do a favor, on a night when he's ready to go home, little did he know that this favor would change his circumstances and, becoming the scapegoat for a nasty situation he would not only be asked to leave the firm, ...more
Deborah Robb
Listened to this book on CD. Story about an associate at a law firm who does a favor for another associate and ends up having his world come tumbling down. He does a document review and "misses" a memo that seems to prove that the drug company his firm is representing is guilty of putting out a drug that causes defects in children. While clearing his name another murder from decades ago comes to light. It was really a story within a story. A good portion of the book was about the murder from lon ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cpnb, 2014
Het verhaal begint met een man die wakker wordt in een auto. Hij wordt op de plek waar hij zit verhoord en daar begint het verhaal. De man is Alan Parks. Hij is advocaat in Laurel County. Daar verdedigde hij Paul McCann, een man die beschuldigd wordt van moord op de vrouw van een plaatselijke ondernemer. Tijdens het proces van McCann wordt er een belastende verklaring door een handlanger afgelegd en gaat McCann de gevangenis in en krijgt zelfs de doodstraf. Maar als Parks in hoger beroep wilt ga ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Aangezien ik vrijdag met de trein moest reizen en ik van plan was om zaterdag een nieuw boek te kopen, besloot ik in een dun boekje te beginnen wat ik tegen het eind van mijn treinreis, van 1 1/2 uur, wel uit zou hebben. Hoewel de cover me niet echt aansprak, was ik toch benieuwd naar het verhaal aangezien het voor zo'n dun boekje best een goede rating heeft.

Alan Parks, een advocaat, probeert in dit boek het verhaal achter een ontvoering met fatale gevolgen te vinden. Hij verdedigt hierbij Paul
Apr 20, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Associate. Phillip Margolin. 2001. Harper Torch. 404 pages. ISBN 0061030643.

For a book with the most boring, unoriginal title, The Associate by Phillip Margolin is definitely a fun, quick, and suspenseful read!

Daniel Ames is a high-powered, hard-working lawyer who becomes involved in a large case involving a pharmaceutical company and a drug that causes severe birth defects in babies when taken by pregnant women. As Daniel digs deeper into the case, he learns that not everyone involved in th
THE ASSOCIATE (Legal Suspense-Oregon-Cont) - Okay
Margolin, Phillip - Standalone
HarperCollinsPublishers, 2001, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0060196254

First Sentence: An icy wind whipped down Mercer Street, rattling awnings, scattering paper scraps and raking Gene Arnold’s cheeks raw.

Daniel Ames worked his way through college and law school and is now a litigation associate with the prestigious firm of Reed, Briggs, Stephens, Stottlemeyer and Compton. The firm is representing Geller Pharmaceuticals, maker
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short, and Disappointing...

We've read and thoroughly enjoyed Margolin's seven other novels. This one -- to us, short at 292 pages less the equivalent of about 45 blank pages -- simply has an overcomplicated plot and underdeveloped characters. Sounds like a book forced out to meet a deadline. The fact that it's organized into 54 chapters -- so like 5 pages each -- gives you an idea of how choppy this story is. Plus real lawyers just don't do stuff like this. The one tactic we liked was the mini-
Kevin Allmaras
Mar 07, 2012 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. A fast paced and exquisitely laid out story. Daniel Ames a young lawyer with a big firm gets bamboozled by a another pretty lawyer into doing some paper work for her one night. When the case comes to court and a piece of paper with damaging information comes out that shouldn't Daniel is screwed and soon to be fired. As the woman does nothing to bail him out only a secretary helps him. As he starts to dig more road blocks are put in his way and the companies in house de ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Gerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A young associate in a high-powered law firm suspects that his firm’s client, a major drug company, is marketing a drug they know is unsafe. Certainly not the best Margolin’s written, with limited character development and too many implausible connections – some of them red herrings – among characters and events.
Rychelle Boden
This book was slightly confusing to me, mainly due to the lawsuit. I had a hard time following who was on team Geller Pharma and the main reason was because there was a LOT of story lines/characters to follow. There were a few surprises I enjoyed and the two main characters were endearing. I also thought it was interesting that no matter what Daniel (the associate) did, he always seemed to end up looking guilty. The book was good, but it lacked the excitement and most of the are-you-freaking-kid ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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May 10, 2015 Kimmie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't expect a lot of Amanda Jaffe because she is barely in the book. Beyond that, the book was great anyway. I am hoping the introduction of new characters will lead to further books in whatever series Margolin writes. The suspense continues to keep me entertained.
Barbara Nutting
SPOILER - Not sure about this one. Found it confusing in some parts and waaaaaay too many murders!! If the police had given Daniel a Gun Residue Test in the beginning the book would have been over before it began - and that might not have been so bad!!
Jul 27, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good, fast-paced roller coaster ride

If the first two opening scenes don't grab you than you had better check your pulse and see if you're still alive!

Others have reviewed The Associate and correctly stated that it is not a pure legal thriller. True enough. There are legal parts to this story, but the case is not resolved through fancy legal footwork. Rather, the thriller becomes a mystery too and we race along with our heroes to see if they can save everyone and expose the villains.

Is it great
Cheryl Karkoff
Jan 12, 2015 Cheryl Karkoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book. This author is easy to read and really holds my attention since I have read two of his books in two days. On to the next
Georgiana Huizenga
This was ok, but not as good as some of the others in the series. Amanda Jaffe was not really in it much, but it was a decent story.
Candace Benjamin
May 27, 2015 Candace Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I worked hard to follow all the elements of this thriller but it was still a surprise when it all came together.
Mar 06, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun, but a bit too much coincidence for all involved. I like his characters, and the complexity of his plots.
Oct 06, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A large pharmaceutical company is being sued over supposed faulty drug that is causing birth defects. A young associate lawyer with the big law firm defending them seems to have missed a damaging piece of information in boxes of requested material turned over to the suing firm and is fired as a result. The suing lawyer is set to make millions if the suit is won and the young associate ends up caught in the middle, accused of murder on two different occasions and without the help of a few friends ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Susy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Phillip Margolin's books. The thrill of finding out how the crimes happen is a constant.
Shane Fritz
Jun 11, 2015 Shane Fritz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read! Fun to have a mystery set in Oregon and likable characters. I was kept guessing.
Sonia Trotter
Feb 26, 2015 Sonia Trotter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sonia by: Longview Library
I really enjoyed the story line but I felt some of the language was unnecessary.
A junior associate in a big Portland, OR law firm gets caught in the middle of a case between some families with deformed kids and a large pharmaceutical company. In a twist from normal plots, the bad guys in this case are the defense attorneys who are planting evidence to get the company to settle to save face even though there is not real factual basis to their case. People are getting killed and the case is connected to a series of murders in Arizona which become linked. It was a good if some ...more
Tom P
Mar 13, 2015 Tom P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Remind me to never hire a lawyer as stupid as this books main character...
Feb 09, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy all of Margolin's books. This was no exception, I like it when the good guys win!
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