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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  116,004 ratings  ·  2,678 reviews
A man will do almost anything for ninety million dollars. So will its rightful owners. They found him in a small town in Brazil. He had a new name, Danilo Silva, and his appearance had been changed by plastic surgery. The search had taken four years. They'd chased him around the world, always just missing him. It had cost their clients $3.5 million. But so far none of them ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Delta (first published February 26th 1997)
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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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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... ...more
Jul 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: lobagsbooks
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. ...more
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
An extraordinary read! very compelling,legal thriller...well written and recommend to all (paperback!)
Manuel Antão
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1997
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Bookcrossing: "The Partner" by John Grisham

(Original review, 1997-05-30)

This morning on the Tube I saw a Grisham lying around, “The Partner”, and I was tempted to take it, but it was not marked as a bookcrossing book - so I wondered if somebody had only forgotten it or lost it out of his backpack when leaving the tram in a haste. So I left it in there. Of course, somebody might have finished it and let it lie there for somebody else to
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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'
Natalie Vellacott
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, john-grisham
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
Kym Moore
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, John Grisham has done it again. Talk about partners in crime on so many levels! I was shaking my head in utter surprise and disbelief through each chapter. Grisham did not disappoint.

Patrick Lanigan (a.k.a. Danilo Silva) has embezzled from his partners at the law firm he worked at. He cleverly faked his death, got plastic surgery and got lost in in another country, living frugally while spreading the stolen money in offshore accounts that could not be tracked. Now, based on a credible tip,
Sumit RK
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 what could have bee
Eddie Owens
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fast pace and very intriguing I love every moment and I did not expect that plot twist but I absolutely loved it.
5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was brilliant.
I loved the characters, the writing style, the plot and the pure thought and dedication that ultimately went in throughout the writing process. It was amazing how it all slowly came together and you found everything out in small pieces. It kept you interested until the end.

The one thing however, that made me put it down to 4 stars was the ending. Now I'm not gonna lie, I like the way it ending but it wasn't the happy ending I was hoping for, or a happy ending at all, for
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
Jeremy Helton
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
I like John Grisham as an author, and though this is not Grisham at the top of his form, it is still a good read. I enjoyed it. As usual, the novel has something to do with the legal profession. It is about a man captured in Brazil, who we learn is actually Patrick Lanigan, an American lawyer who everyoe thought was killed in an automobile accident. The plot goes through many twists and turns and includes a mysterious girlfriend who helps him navigate a complicated web of legal maneuvers. I am n ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 Beta
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like unpredictability, and this book did it up to the very last paragraph. IMHO, everyone got what they deserved.
Jay Schutt
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, owned
Wow! What a cleverly written story! One of the best books I have read in a long, long time. And with a twist of irony at the end. A real page-turner. Loved it.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, john-grisham
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
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Partner by John Grisham is an excellent short story read. It doesn’t take John Grisham very long to show what an extremely talented writer he is!📚
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Karl Marberger
I didn't find this one as entertaining as The Client or The Runaway Jury. Like Pelican Brief and The Firm, I felt it started strong but petered out. For starters, Patrick Lanigan is, to me, Grisham's least likable protagonist I have read thus far. He is really just an arrogant wise-ass, his development is lacking, and his "midlife crisis" motivation was less than compelling. There is no suspense in the final two-thirds of the book; just extended dialogue, legal procedure, and backroom dealing. T ...more
Deb  Darling
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know how I missed this book as I thought I read them as soon as they came out. One thing I've always thought about his books is that the endings fell flat. Not so this one! ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, another DNF, I’m afraid.
It’s been a long time since I read and loved The Firm, but I don’t remember Grisham being this dry.
This is a very interesting story. A fascinating presentation of facts but where this really suffers for me is a lack of character development. I feel absolutely nothing for them.
And while the story does have its interesting aspects, so far it has read like a 200 page prologue; a total lack of immediacy in the narrative.
So, I’m out.
The other John
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, mystery, crime
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
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: john-grisham
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.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Entertaining tale of a Mississippi lawyer who dies in a fiery auto accident. The problem - he's alive, and with 90 million that belongs to a government defense contractor and the lawyer's former partners.

The suspense comes when the particulars find out he's alive, and the hunt is on for the stolen goods.
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