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The Partner Mass Market Paperback – Jan 7 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Jan. 7 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440224764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440224761
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (800 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #409,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Literary slugger John Grisham returns with a story about-- surprise!--a lawyer in trouble. Patrick Lanigan had been a young partner in a prominent Southern law firm. He had a beautiful wife, a new baby girl, and a bright future. Then one winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car; the casket they buried held nothing but ashes.

A short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial then fled. A fortune was stolen from his ex-firm's offshore account. And Patrick ran, covering his tracks the whole way.

But, now, they've found him. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grisham tries his hand at the fake-your-death-and-change-your-identity theme. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patrick Lanigan is dead, as far as anyone knows. His widow Trudy has collected on a substantial life insurance policy and brought her long-term affair into the open. His friends have shed their tears and made their peace with his absence. And his former partners are relieved that they will not need to run him out of the law firm to conceal their own illegal activities.

When quite a lot of the law firm's money disappears, it becomes clear that Patrick did not die in a car accident. He has the money and is... somewhere. There are people who want the money back. They look for him for years and finally they find him. After some unpleasantness, Patrick finds himself in Federal custody, facing charges of embezzlement and murder. He recuperates and begins to tell his story.

Patrick begins to put his life back together with the help of two other lawyers. Sandy is his attorney, longtime friend, and one of the pallbearers at his funeral. Eva is a close personal friend who has helped Patrick hide the money he stole. With their help, Patrick follows a carefully-crafted plan to obtain his freedom once again.

This is an excellent legal thriller, as we expect from John Grisham. It is a mixture of painstaking plans and clever improvisations. As Patrick's story unfolds, we understand more about his motivations and revise some of our initial assumptions. Some characters, on the other hand, behave pretty much as expected.

If you enjoy this book, you may also want to read The Racketeer, also by John Grisham. It has different plot twists, but a similar theme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 10 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A great lawyer is meticulous, calculating, aggressive, relentless, and prepared for anything. John Grisham lovingly shares an intricate plot to provide you with an unforgettable portrait of those qualities in action. In the process, you'll also see a man whose soul is offended by his profession.

Ultimately, this book is about a dream . . . a dream that may be more dangerous than an addictive drug. What will you do to capture your dream? That's what you'll be asking yourself after you read The Partner.

The beginning of the book seems like an international espionage thriller. A group of private detectives track down a fugitive to a little town in Brazil near the border with Paraguay. They pounce, and the fugitive is in for his worst nightmare . . . remorseless torture aimed at getting him to tell something he doesn't know.

Soon, an unlikely intervention creates a whole new vector for the story. The fugitive has to face the music from a lot of angry lawyers . . . including his former partners.

Like many legal thrillers, you'll be getting no more information than you need to know to follow the action. Pay attention to the questions that occur to you: Thinking about what might have happened is half the fun of this book.

If you aren't interested in the ins and outs of how lawyers think about criminal issues, you won't like this book as much as I did. I was impressed at how well the legal issues were displayed without being too technical. Remember that lawyers usually spend a lot of time thinking through how the opposing attorney will respond to various probes.

Watch out for the unexpected!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 17 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The editor of The Partner should be fired. The ending of a book should reward the reader for taking the time to share in the lives of the characters, not punish him/her. This is a brilliant story with fantastic, characters and a driving plot.

It has everything I love in a novel, International settings, a sympathetic lead character and plenty of suspense. Grishams typical courtroom drama is at the center of this story but he has done an excellent job of incorporating political intrigue and a touch of adventure. In my opinion it's one of his best until you get to the end of coarse.

This joyride of a novel was brought crashing down by an incomprehensible ending.
The end of this novel warrants 2 stars but I can't ignore how fantastic the rest of the book was. I'm so angry. I could have loved this book. I won't give away the ending but I recommend stopping with about 20 pages to go and allowing your imagination to finish the book.
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By Stacy Lin on Feb. 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patrick Lanigan once was a well-like, well-paid young partner in a flourishing Mississippi law firm, with a pleasurable future ahead of him. Then he did the most unbelievable thing. He faked his death, watched, nearby in a tree, his own burial, then stole ninety million dollars from his own firm and vanished into the night, ran from his life and into a new one, or did he? But after four and a half years of living on the run, with shadows behind him, shadows that he couldn¡¦t see but only felt, shadows that kept him awake at night, they finally tracked him down. Now he is back home where it all began and where it will all eventually end, as a new story is about to emerge because Patrick knows the truth, something that no one else in the world knows he knows. The truth about money and greed, but perhaps, not enough about it to help him to the end.
The Partner, like many of Grisham¡¦s other books, are full of surprises and a true page-turner. As the story slowly unravels itself, I find myself unable to put the book down. Continuously throughout the book, it is full of surprises, all the way to the very end with the most startling ending. Though my initial reaction to the ending was disbelief and disappointment, nevertheless, when I thought about it, I found it wasn¡¦t that bad after all. How many people fake their deaths, steal ninety million dollars, get caught, then freed with thirty million dollars left and still live happily ever after? Sometimes in life, things just don¡¦t happen the way you expected it to. Sometimes people just aren¡¦t the way you expected them to be. Especially when it comes to money, large amounts of money, let¡¦s say, in the millions. Because sometimes, even the most trusted person, the most unexpected person, can¡¦t protect himself or herself from the seductive desire for more money.
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