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The Partner [Mass Market Paperback]

John Grisham
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Jan. 7 1998
They hired him.  They trusted him.  Now they don't want justice--they want revenge....

For four years, Patrick had often wondered how it would feel if they caught him.

Now he was terror-stricken.  Practically naked and strapped down like an animal, he knew the next few hours would be insufferable....

Once he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm.  Then Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm--and ran for his life.  For four years, he evaded men who were rich, powerful, and would stop at nothing to find him.  Then, inevitably, on the edge of the Brazilian jungle, they finally tracked him down.

Now Patrick is coming home.  And in the Mississippi city where it all began, an extraordinary trial is about to begin.  As prosecutors circle like sharks, as Patrick's lawyer prepares his defense, as Patrick's lover prays for his deliverance and his former partners wait for their revenge, another story is about to emerge.  Because Patrick Lanigan, the most reviled white-collar criminal of his time, knows something that no one else in the world knows.

He knows the truth....

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Partner by John Grisham Oct. 26 2012
By JJ
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Typical of John Grisham. Excellent story, hard to put the book down. A must read for anyone who enjoys mysteries
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Help From His Friends Feb. 23 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
3.0 out of 5 stars ARRRG. June 17 2011
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a Flawed Legal Genius May 10 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good novel, bad ending Oct. 8 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Grisham works hard to win our sympathy with Patrick Lanigan in the opening pages of this novel, beginning with his kidnap and torture. Then we learn he is a lawyer who has faked his own death and stolen millions of dollars from his law firm, leaving us asking moral questions about Patrick. Is he a good guy or not?

As the plot unfolds, we learn that Patrick has been clever, hard-working, and resourceful. He has developed a burning desire to leave the Byzantine world of corporate law and politics in America behind and escape to a simpler life, something most people only dream about. Through his own resourcefulness, he has succeeded in escaping to Brazil where he has fallen in love with a beautiful lawyer from Rio who helps him hide the stolen money. Most compelling of all, we discover after his return to Biloxi that Patrick has killed no-one in faking his own death and that the money he stole was defrauded from the U.S. federal government, money he eventually returns. So Patrick at the end stands exonerated and ethically sound, a thoroughly sympathetic character, if a little worse for wear.

His reward is betrayal. The woman he loves and trusts right to the end vanishes with his money, leaving him lost and lonely in a little Brazilian border town. That's just wrong. Mr. Grisham is cynically inviting us to conclude that no-one can be trusted, especially lawyers. This book is only for the hardcore Grisham fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second best is still great
The best book John Grisham ever wrote was THE FIRM. Not much can compete with that, but THE PARTNER comes darn close! Read more
Published on July 27 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Enterntainment
I picked this book of the top of a stack that my friend was planning on giving to the library. It is the hardback version, and I simply have a weakness for free hardbacks. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by William Plowden
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story shame about the ending
Very entertaining, it was fun to see how Patrick Lanighan had planned ahead and got away with his prize. yet the ending does not make any sense whatsoever. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Waguih Kirollos
3.0 out of 5 stars much too perfect for me
This is basically a plot idea which is the reverse of the ending of the firm. If the firm ends with the identity vanishing of special witnesses, new life, new identity, past... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Vikram Ramanathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh phooey, fun summer read...
It's been a while since I read a John Grisham story. Glad I picked this one up. It read very fast. I am always amazed at Grisham's story-telling abilities. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by K. L Sadler
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting the whole way through.
I think this is my favorite Grisham novel to date. I like any book that has an ending I didnt think was going to happen. Great Ending to an even greater book.
Published on May 15 2004 by dennis kehoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you interested...but horrible way to end it
This is a good Grisham book and keeps you interested all the way through as you uncover the secret past of the main character, but the ending is horrible. Read more
Published on May 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece by John Grisham
John Grisham is a synonim ofr most of us of intriguing lawyer stories. This time he won't let you down. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Tomas MF
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