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The Associate

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  55,866 ratings  ·  3,773 reviews
Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they'll use to ruin him-unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Dell (first published 2009)
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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
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-law
The most anti-climactic book ever. What happened to the Grisham I used to love?
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Feb 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Natalie Vellacott
"The consequences were horrifying. The magnitude of the conspiracy caused Kyle's heart to hammer away. His mouth became dry and he sipped lukewarm coffee. He wanted to leap for the door, sprint down forty-one flights of stairs, and run through the streets of New York like a madman."

Kyle McAvoy plans to finish law school, then work for the under-privileged for a few years before heading for the big time and money. However, Kyle has a dirty secret locked away in his past. Only a handful of peopl
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
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
Feb 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems like lately when I read Grisham, its a good story with some interesting twists and turns, but the climax is not really super exciting and there tends not to be all that much resolution. That was the case again here. A good book - but not tons of excitement.
John Grisham is known for writing fast-paced escapism novels consisting of entertainment value more than of realism. "The Associate" deals with Kyle McAvoy, an ambitious law student in his last semester who later becomes an associate with one of the largest law firms in the world. However, not everything takes course as planned - Kyle is confronted with an unsettling detail of his past, a girl who claims to have been raped by two of his friends while Kyle himself watched dead drunk. A mysterious ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not have law degree. And I can related to the main character. the brutal hours you have to work to make it to the top. the politic you have to play to get recognition. And yet there is always someone better than you.

But i think the moral story here is do the right thing even the right things sometimes hurt the most. But it will set you free.
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
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2010
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
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grisham fans, legal thriller fans
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Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, re-read
NYT #1 list - Sept 15, 2009
* Reread 2013 - I had no review from 2009
Kyle McAvoy, graduates Yale Law with honors, the Yale Law Review editor, ready for his dream to be a public interest moral & ethic lawyer. Unfortunately, he meets Bennie Wright with a Yale Beta Fraternity "party" video with a girl "Elaine Keenan". He is blackmailed to work for one of the largest prestigious NY law firms - Scully & Persening. The "party" video of Kyle, Baxtor Tat
Stuart Fujisaki
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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".
S.P. Aruna
I had mixed feeling about this book. It was as if Mr. Grisham wanted to recreate the thrilling suspense he had infused in the The Firm but it didn't quite work this time around.

I did see some relevance to today's news stories of having men's pasts coming back to burn them (often associated with the #MeToo movment), so in a sense the book could be considered prescient.

I have to confess that although I am a fan of Grisham's books, I realize he is not exactly a wordsmith. The reason I'm a fan is b
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a fair amount of this book, this had the feel of an earlier Grisham, The Firm, where the main character, a lawyer, is in a lot of trouble and there seems to be no way out without severe consequences. The ending, though, did not have that same satisfying feel of a really good wrap up with all of the threads. I was thinking toward the end, How is Grisham going to wrap this up so quickly since there isn't much left. I found out that he just decided to leave some things hanging, which I really d ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one's ok. I'm pretty sure, however, that Grisham has a lot of much better things to offer in his more popular books. The thing that puts me off about this one is that things only stir up late (only until the start of the book's last quarter, I think). Before that, it's like he's just slowly making a big mound of anything; and you see, that's the part that's a little too boring.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Prototypical Grisham hero Kyle McAvoy, Yale Law Journal editor, star athlete, perfect LSAT scores, etc., is courted by prototypical enormous faceless New York law firm Scully & Pershing. Kyle kinda-sorta wants to do pro bono legal aid work with migrants, and is considering passing, when he's visited by Bennie, a shady agent of some unknown powerful client, who shows him video proof of Kyle and his fraternity brothers taking advantage of a drunk, possibly unconscious, girl at a house party. K ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Law student Kyle McAvoy is in a bit of trouble: Some shady characters have got hold of a secret from his past that could drag him to court and get him thrown in jail. He feels he has no choice but to go along with their demands: Take a job at one of the biggest law firms in the world and spy, steal and generally do a bunch of things that could get him thrown in jail on behalf of his blackmailers.

I always forget that with Grisham the blurb tends to be a lot more thrilling than the actual book, po
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm spending two weeks in a place on Sanibel Island stocked with Grisham books...that's the reason for three in a week. (I brought The Alienist by Caleb Carr but have found it's not very "beachy" and requires more concentration than my brain has at the moment.) This book, The Associate, was oh so lame - the weakest premise, an insufferable protagonist who is smarter (at age 25 when everyone is still a bit of a moron...everyone except voice-of-reason Kyle) than EVERYONE around him - smarter than ...more
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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