The Partner Mass Market Paperback – Jan 7 1998
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After four years on the run, hiding 90 million dollars, it was only a matter of time before Patrick Lanigan's past caught up with him. John Grisham's The Partner is the gripping tale of a young, ambitious lawyer who turns crooked. He fakes his own death, grabs a fortune from his ex-firm, and heads for Brazil. But despite plastic surgery, a new identity, and a resourceful way to hide the money, Lanigan's perfect crime unravels. And once the chips fall, this "promising partner" lands himself in the middle of legal mayhem.
Critically acclaimed narrator Frank Muller reads this unabridged audiocassette with passion and wit, bringing energy and quick-paced dialogue to the story. He accurately portrays a number of characters and accents ranging from thick Southern drawls to a harsh New York dialect. Muller's calm voice carries listeners into this grotesque world of greed and deceit, where subplots and sleazeballs abound. (Running time: 12 hours, 12 cassettes) --Gina Kaysen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grisham tries his hand at the fake-your-death-and-change-your-identity theme. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
It's perhaps the best by Grisham. The story is so engrossing that one is wide awake late in the night as one is unable to put down the book.Published 5 months ago by Syed Raza
I really liked the pace. The ending was surprising however it added to the intrigue. I would highly recommend the book.Published 11 months ago by Mary Taylor
A very good novel by John Grisham again. The writer certainly holds ones attention right to the end!Published 21 months ago by Bryan
Mr. Grisham works hard to win our sympathy with Patrick Lanigan in the opening pages of this novel, beginning with his kidnap and torture. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2010 by Lawrence Gulston
The best book John Grisham ever wrote was THE FIRM. Not much can compete with that, but THE PARTNER comes darn close! Read morePublished on July 27 2004
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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by William Plowden