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The Partner by John Grisham
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Dec 12, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: japan_jul07-aug11, contemporary
Read in December, 2009

A case study in building tension--

Because Donald Maass speaks highly of him in his Writing the Breakout Novel, I took the time to read the master of tension-building at work. As expected, his prose is insipid at best and characters paper cutouts. I didn't like the ending very much, either.

But damn he can tell a story.

He withdraws information and feeds it piecemeal, always leaving the reader (and the characters in the story) wanting for more. His pacing is also exquisite in that there was no slow parts except maybe for one part (Jack Stephano's interrogation). The plot was, in other words, masterfully crafted, peppered with surprises and satisfying moments as the bad guys have no choice but to accept the demands of Patrick the scheming bastard.

Kudos to Grisham for this gift.

Having said this, I was not content with the glaring lack of his love for language. Dialogue, expositions, and emotions of the characters were bland and lacking in substance. After all, my love is for everything literature and language, so although the story was gripping, I wasn't fulfilled.

Good read to wile your time away.

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