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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

The Partner

After dancing around Grisham for awhile I finally grabbed The Partner and became hooked on his novels. The power of greed and ultimately the impact on people caught up in it are showcased in this book. I enjoyed the characters and the book flowed so well I had to forc...
After dancing around Grisham for awhile I finally grabbed The Partner and became hooked on his novels. The power of greed and ultimately the impact on people caught up in it are showcased in this book. I enjoyed the characters and the book flowed so well I had to force myself to put it down at night. A legal thriller that was fun to read.

posted by Praetor on January 28, 2010

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12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not one of Grisham's better efforts

I must make an admission...I have been a big fan of John Grisham for a long time. I know that this book was written over a decade ago. I'm still playing catchup with my reading. I have four entire shelves of books to be read and I keep adding to the stack faster than I ...
I must make an admission...I have been a big fan of John Grisham for a long time. I know that this book was written over a decade ago. I'm still playing catchup with my reading. I have four entire shelves of books to be read and I keep adding to the stack faster than I can read them. Such is the burden of a lover of books. Anyway, as with most of John Grisham's other books, this one revolves around a lawyer and the wranglings of the legal system. I have read all of his novels prior to this one (the others are in the "to be read" column). At 366 pages, it is a pretty quick read. As with all of my reviews of fiction, I won't ruin the ending. The story is of a former lawyer - Patrick Lanigan - turned thief...a thief to the tune of $90 million. Stolen from his law firm after faking his own death. the story picks up from the time he is apprehended, 4 years after he fled, first by those who want the money back and then by the FBI. The story twists around through a web of agendas including his reasons for leaving his wife and child. It is a page-turner that keeps a rapid pace with a great deal of action, especially early on. However, compared with the rest of Grisham's legal thrillers, this one is somewhat weak in two areas. The story is pretty far fetched. A great deal of bungling by an awful lot of people is required for this story to work. In addition, it is pretty predictable, especially from the mid-point of the book forward.


While I would not go so far as to say that the book was a disappointment, it was not one of Grisham's better efforts. In spite of it's problems, though, it is still a pretty good story.

posted by ChadAaronSayban on August 5, 2009

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    Not Awful, but Awfully Dull

    Now, I rather expect authors' storytelling skills to improve over time, as it were, and to avoid drek or half-hearted twaddle.

    Grisham's THE PARTNER doesn't come close to touching his older works (THE FIRM, PELICAN BRIEF, THE CHAMBER), novels that were thrilling to read, with characters to root for and others that gave one the chills. Here, Grisham dispenses with all of that and gives us a rather flat story that is far too predictable (though I could see how he might've thought that the last few pages would've given his readers enough of a shocking twist to let him get away with the rest: but it didn't). Add to this, Grisham's novel reads more like a Cliffnotes version of itself. It's all bare bones, practically.

    What might have saved this novel from being mediocre?

    Well, the protagonist was tortured at the beginning of the book. But then he merely plays off the scars to his own ends, telling people a few people about them to gain their sympathies. If Grisham had sprinkled a few passages with him reliving some of the torture introspectively, that may've leant some verisimilitude and created real sympathy for the character.

    Just not good enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Horrible Ending!!!!

    I have read several books by this auther. Liked his early writing, and not so much on the newer stuff. Good storyline, keeps you interested, you can relate to the man running away, wanting to live his life to the fullest. I read it really fast and wanted to finish it, wow was i disappointed. Horrible ending, just terrible. The worst ending for any book i have ever read. It looks like he was rushing to meet a deadline. I was very upset, and doubt i will read anymore of his books. I have read the Breathern, Broker, and now this. With Broker and this novel, pretty much ruins my interest in his books.

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