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Author: John Grisham / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      03.07.2009 19:27

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      a read that will make you question the legal system

      The Story **************
      Patrick lanigan has died in a car crash. Before that he was living the American dream, nice big house, attractive wife and the trappings of successful business. The only problem is that at the time of his death $90 million went missing from the company he worked for. Lanigan is really alive but he is soon tracked down and brought back to face justice. Thats where Lanigan uses his cunning to hire a lawyer to help get him off almost scott free.

      My View************
      The book is one that gets your brain working as page by page the story builds into an unbelievable climax. This is not a book you can just switch off and read, and some people may find it heavy going. My advice is to stick with it, as the ending is worth it. There is a lot of pages used to go in to the details of American law but they are worth wading through.
      The scary thing is, that what happens to Lanigan, and what he does could be possible. With each charge against him falling away due to technicalities in the legal structure this may make you question if the law is capable from preventing certain crimes from happening, and if not, it could be powerless to punish those committing them. The thing is this will have you rooting for lanigan to get away with what he has done. This is all credit to Grishams way of making you feel for the characters in the story. With criminals still having to be released on technicalities even when they are guilty, not just in America but also in the UK, this story becomes very believable. This is another great legal thriller from the master himself. I would recommend this book as a must read

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      08.05.2008 15:16
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      The Partner - John Grisham's 8th novel

      The Partner is the 8th novel from the award winning legal thriller author John Grisham. With a background as a lawyer, Grisham has applied his learnt trade to his novels with great effect.

      The Plot

      Patrick Lanigan had it all: beautiful family, lovely house, great job at a top law firm. He was riding high on life. Then, one day, he dies in a sudden car crash, and everything ends. His family mourn, and his company rue the loss of a great employee. Until, that is, $90 million disappears from the company's funds a mere few days after Patrick's death. Suspicious, they realise all is not what it seems, and Patrick has conspired to fake his own death and embezzle $90 million from his law firm.

      All good things come to an end, and Patrick is tracked down by the ruthless investigators hired by the law firm, living in Brazil under the name 'Danilo'. He is interrogated brutally for hours by the firm, with the FBI hammering at the doors as well, looking to make a case against the crime. Add to this Patrick's wife, infuriated and aggressively seeking a divorce, and we have a mix of different people all gagging for Patrick to suffer. However, as with every Grisham book, things are not always as they seem, and the author naturally has a few twists to the tale.

      My Opinion

      This novel from Grisham opens better than any of his previous publications. The story captured me from the very start and I thought I was in for the book of my life. However, good as this ook is, the story does not really progress or enthrall much beyond the capture of Patrick. Pieces of the puzzle are added bit by bit by Grisham, and we learn the story in a sort of reverse order as the FBI and investigators hired by the law firm work to find out how he did it and where the money is. The plot drags a little, I must say, but it is saved in the last 50 pages of the book, which return to the outstanding form seen at the beginning.

      Plot aside for one second, Grisham has yet again done a fine job with the characterisation in the novel. Patrick's character has attributes I found myself tuning with, and in breaks from reading the book, I was constantly thinking about this character and how and what he had done. The other characters in the book, while well documented, pale into insignificance beside this one, and Grisham's lead sends us on a merry escapade around his mind.

      The writing style of Grisham does make for good reading, although this is perhaps one of his more intrinsic and therefore harder books to read. I must say I was disappointed with the variation in pace, with an immense start and finish let down by a languid middle, but I still enjoyed the book.

      Conclusion

      Another good book, but a differing style and pace not up to his normal standards.

      I rate this book at 3 stars out 5.

      The book is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.19.

      This review may also be posted on ciao.co.uk.

      Thanks for reading.

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        30.06.2006 07:11
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        Beware of an almost good book because the end sucks.

        This 468 page book began with intrigue, suspence, and style. The story line was one of Grishams best. The entie way through I felt like I knew the characters, which I love about books. All that changed when I reached the end. At the very end of the book one character did something, that so wasn't who she was, that it ruined the entire book. The book became completely unrealistc. I won't state the end of the book for those unfortunate enough not to heed this warning, but beware of an almost good book. Beware of a book whose ending is so dispacable, that it completely ruined the entire story. Beware of the Partner.

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          08.12.2003 19:40
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          Well the next Grisham book I come to is The Partner and despite what some people seem to think no he’s not paying me (although any cash would be much appreciated). He seems to be an author who sticks to a set and regiment style but he makes this style work well. Although the subject matter probably doesn’t appeal to everyone, Grisham has a way of drawing you into the book. He started his professional career as a lawyer but back in the early 90’s decided to branch out a little and started to write Novels. He draws a lot on his own knowledge of law and mixes it well with fictitious events to make a decent story. From his earliest work, A Time To Kill he has written in a way that really makes his novels simple but yet highly addictive. As I’ve said before, if you haven’t read anything by him but think it sounds good then pick one of his books up and I’m sure you’ll get drawn This time the story focuses on Patrick Lanigan a promising young partner within a high profile law firm. He has it all a lovely wife, a new born child and a long career ahead of him but when he is killed in a car crash all this has gone. Weeks later after his funeral almost 90 million dollars is stolen from his old companies offshore bank account and this is when they realise that Patrick isn’t actually dead. It would appear that he faked his own death and no-one knows how but it’s apparent that he had been planning it for a while. Now his company have brought in some private investigators to track him down, while the FBI are also on his trail. Eventually the private Investigators find him in Brazil under the name of “Danilo”. They capture and interrogate him before the FBI rescue him but of course arrest him. Of course now he’s taken home to face the music and give people the chance to find out exactly how and why he managed to do it. Now back home in a prison cell everyone wants him punishe
          d and his wife wants a divorce, things don’t look good for Patrick and a law suit for $90 million just adds to his problems. This is another book like most of his others where a lot of thought has gone into the character development drawing you in and making you form an opinion on the main character. On this occasion Patrick comes across as a very clever man but one of these sort of people you would hate. Although in places, for instance during his captivity where he is tortured, you feel a little sorry for him but on the whole he’s not really got much going for him. Although he’s the major character your desire to see what sort of punishment he gets really gets you into the book. Of course this can also put you off as I find a disliking for the main character often makes it hard going to read the whole book. However I found it captivating and the more I disliked him the more into the book I actually got. It’s one think I notice about a lot of Grisham’s work is the simplifying of the legal terms making it easier for me to get into rather than trying to comprehend something I really don’t get. The Partner makes a good starting point for people just getting in to Grisham as it shows off some of his best abilities, but also shows some of his weaknesses. The main example of this is the Kidnap passage, where the idea is a little weak. However with the imaginative way he fakes Lanigan’s death you can easily balance out the poorer parts of the story with the stronger points. Of course needless to say the law parts are flawless and although this is one of the weaker Grisham books I’ve read I’m sure its fair to say that it’s by no means poor. An enjoyable enough read that will keep you entertained and flicking through the pages. If you fancy giving this a try then you can pick it up from www.cd selections.com for £3.99. Cheers Andy

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            03.05.2002 23:14
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            I chose The Partner, banking on the popularity and success of John Grisham?s books as well as movies. This paperback book, stamped #1 New York Times Bestseller on the front cover, was published in 1997. Working in the field of law himself, Grisham has written many books that fall in the category of legal thrillers. Not very well acquainted with this author?s highly praised writing, I decided to try one of Grisham?sbooks. The Partner opens with several characters conspiring to kidnap a man named ?Danilo?, who is living in Ponta Pora, Brazil. In the next series of events, we discover that people have been searching for Danilo for over four years. Danilo is successfully captured, then detained. He is tortured, tortured by those who want to know where a large amount of money has gone. However, Danilo truly does not know where the money has gone, because he has entrusted it?s secret location to a woman named Eva. The reader is given a very small amount of information. Danilo is really a ?Patrick Lanigan?, and has taken enough money from people to make a big deal. His attempt to change and begin a new life has only lasted a few years. As his torturers become frustrated enough (by not getting answers) to bring Patrick to the brink of death, the FBI steps in. Patrick is taken to his old home town in Mississippi, where we learn of the premise of the story. Once a partner in a successful firm, Patrick faked his own death and ran with 90 million dollars. So of course he has angered many people through his actions. Here, plot of The Partner slowly begins to unwind. The reader learns the story almost in reverse. Instead of getting the story as it happens from the beginning, with Patrick?s disappearance, we are given the plot from Patrick?s capture to his deportation to the United States to uncovering the truth. It is as though the story is written backwards, because the reader knows nothing. This fits the story appropriately, however, beca
            use it would be repetitive and boring had we already been handed the information before Patrick is found and captured. What The Partner comes down to is truly uncovering the truth. Just about everyone hates Patrick, and they are all ready to sue him, put him in jail, and make his life absolutely miserable. This is where the book takes you inside the minds of those who are money hungry, sharks waiting to close in on the drama behind Patrick?s escape and then capture. The Partner takes the reader on a journey where we become slowly acquainted with Patrick and his personality. We slowly learn the sequence of events that took place leading to his disappearance, his faked death, and the aftermath of the funeral. By using this type of approach, it was difficult to relate to the main character (Patrick). His torture was quite brutal, but you were never really sure if it was warranted or not. I felt sorry for him just because of the violence of the torture, and because it seemed like those who had captured him were rather unsavory characters. I assumed, why not just turn in Patrick unless they themselves had something to hide? John Grisham does a great job of spreading the plot information very thin, so that you are clinging to each little bit of information, trying to get to the juicy part of the plot. While managing to keep The Partner interesting, the suspense is drawn out to the extreme. Almost 500 pages long, I finally reached the kicker of the plot about 95% into the book. Then, as if that weren?t enough closure or finality for this story, the last few pages deliver the true kicker. I wouldn?t say this book is particularly action packed. Rather, it reveals the complexness of people and their actions, relationships, and so on. The Partner divulged one secret at a time, leaving me to finally realize and expect that the latter half of the book would continue to follow this pattern of writing and suspense. Throug
            hout much of the book, I was left wondering and pondering. Patrick is being sentenced to prison? so what?s the punch line? I knew that there was something more to the story, that it wasn?t going to be your proverbial ?open and shut case?. I knew Grisham had some things up his sleeve when writing this book. The anticipation of the truth and of uncovering new ground was motivation in itself to keep reading and to play the role of the reader being the invisible sleuth. I enjoyed the intrigue of The Partner, especially since there was no ?thrill of the hunt?. I admire Grisham?s writing ability to be able to capture the reader?s interest while not needing to throw in action sequences or cheap thrills. The Partner will keep you digging into each subsequent page for more truths. There is a great deal of satisfaction in this book (might I add, smug satisfaction), and a great deal of finality, although you?ll have to read it yourself to learn what doesn?t quite fit in those categories. Just when I thought I knew what was coming, I was in for another surprise. Therefore, there is not really any predictability in the plot. There are no cheap endings in The Partner. I worked on this book in between other things I was doing. With time limitations, I was left frustrated in not being able to finish the book in an expedited amount of time. The Partner requires some patience and devotion. I found myself giving a peek at some pages from the ending, but ironically, when I finally did reach the ending, I was still surprised. My brief sneak peek had done no justice to the ever-changing and rapidly modifying storyline. There is one twist in this book that I hated, but that?s for each reader to decide for yourself. If you read the book, you?ll know what I?m talking about. Most of The Partner deals with characters who are smart-thinking, the work of lawyers, courtroom affairs, and legal issues. Don?t expect high-speed chases, the patter of bullets, o
            r bad guys in ski masks. That?s where I admire this book, which I highly recommend. The Official Web site: http://www.randomhouse.com/features/grisham/

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              19.09.2001 18:08
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              I’ll be honest with you (first time for everything eh!) I’m not that much of a reader, I tend to watch the film adaptation of many novels rather than reading the original source material, examples of this would have to be other Grisham releases such as ‘The Firm’, ‘The Pelican Brief’, ‘The Rainmaker’ and ‘The Client’. Many people (myself included strangely enough) would argue that a book is often far superior to any film counterpart – a quick example would be ‘Sphere’ by Michael Crichton – terrific book, terrible film, but that’s a different Op altogether. Knowing that I enjoy works by John Grisham, my mum recently bought me a copy of ‘The Partner’ when she spied it on special offer in a local bookstore, and I’m more than happy to report that it really is a riveting read. Set in modern-day Brazil and the US, The Partner tells the story of a middle-aged lawyer who fakes his own death in an attempt to get away with stealing over $90 million from the crooked law firm he works for, not content with that he also tries to be with the woman he has loved long after his interest in his cheating wife started to wane. Not before too long his employers set about tracking him down once they discover the missing millions, but rather than going to police (they can’t, because they’re up to no good too) they employ a bunch of thugs and private investigators to track him down too. Faced with nowhere to turn, he ends up contacting an old acquaintance as he struggles to fight off the charges of fraud and possible imprisonment he is up against. Fast paced and well written, the plot works well with interesting character development and a real sense of urgency about our (anti?) heroes’ situation as he is faced with double-crossers throughout his desperate attempt to win not only his money, but also the woman he loves (how lame does TH
              AT bit sound, sorry!). The novel is broken up into easy to read chapters that prove it to be a real page-turner, if you’re familiar with previous works by Grisham, either in novel or film form then I’d highly recommend you get yourself a copy of this to see for yourself why many are calling this his best work yet! As someone who isn’t all that big on reading books, you can’t get a much better recommendation than that!

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                02.03.2001 18:08
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                I had heard of John Grisham before but had never read any of his books. I won this in a raffle and at first thought about giving it to my father as a Christmas present but I am glad I didn’t, he can have it as a hand me down. John Grishams “The Partner” was about a lawyer that is in a bad marriage and with a law firm that he is a partner with and is burnt out. He decides to disappear off the face of the earth but as he does he finds the law firm that he is a partner to, is about to receive $90 million of which the firm will get $30 and he is to be fired. He disappears by faking his death but then the money also disappears. The hunt then starts for him and the money and quickly into he book he is caught, this is when all the twists and turns begin in earnest as he tries to get out of all the charges brought against him, murder, sued for divorce, sued by his fellow partners and insurance companies that were involved. It was a gripping read and the twists continue right up to the last page of the book. This was my First John Grisham book and it will not be my last.

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                  28.12.2000 03:45

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                  The Partner A lawyer called Patrick Lanigan stages his own death, attends his funeral and disappears to Brazil. Soon after his death it becomes apparent that $90 Million has disappeared from his former firm. For 4 years, Patrick lives a fairytale lifestyle until Jack Stephano arrives on the scene. Jack is a bounty hunter who holds Patrick hostage in the hope that he will discover where the money is stashed. Patrick however has entrusted the fortune to Eva Miranda a sexy lawyer who knows how to move the money around in order to keep it hidden. Patrick and Eva had arranged to contact each other at an arranged time, on a daily basis and Eva knew that all was not well when Patrick missed that call- in time. Eva alerts the authorities and disapears. How does Lanigan get out of this one.... I hate spoiling book endings so I suggest that you read the book and find out for yourself. This book spins an intricate web that captures the audience. Yet another "can't put it down" book from Grisham. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the lawyer in this book is not the good guy trying to expose a firm or seek justice but instead he has done something wrong, but at times you can't help feeling sorry fo Lanigan. I enjoy Grishams' books and I must admit that once I started reading this one I found it hard to put down because there were so many possible ways the story could go, surely Lanigan could not clear his name?

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                  25.11.2000 19:11
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                  Classic Grisham is how I would sum up The Partner. The story involves a Partner of a firm realising he is on his way out whether he likes it or not. Before he gets the push he fakes his own death and steals a huge sum from the Partnership account. The book opens in Brazil when the main charcter's (Patrick) past is about to catch up with him. He is caputred and tortured by people working on behalf of the Partnership who are trying to recover the money. Patrick has a woman in Brazil (Eva) who he has taught how to keep the money away from the authorities should he get caught. The story involves Patrick, Eva, the authorities and the Partnership's heavies trying to act within the law to see their own preferred outcome. The story is released a little at a time and allows you to form your own opinions well in advance of finding out the facts, however there are so many twists that it is very difficult to see the ending. I rate this as Grisham's best work and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone

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                  10.11.2000 01:40

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                  I bought this book as soon as it was published to add to my growing collection of Grisham novels. Certainly not a disappointment! This novel lives up to my expectations and enjoyment of previous Grisham courtroom stories. It is just as gripping as the others with a strong and compelling story line, from start to finish. The excellent characterisation adds to the unputdownable-ness of the book. It also has a superb ending, which sometimes I feel is what Grisham novels are lacking. I would recommend this book as a goo introduction for anyone that hasn’t had the pleasure of reading a Grisham novel before or someone who has been caught by the Grisham bug!

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                  04.09.2000 04:00
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                  John Grisham's back! This book sees a middle-aged lawyer fake his own death and embezzle $90 million from his old law firm.It covers the hunt for his body by bounty hunters eager for the money and his tumultimous life after the embezzlement.It has all the marks of a superb Grisham book and it is , as always ,very well written.It choses not focus on corporate law as much as John Grisham's other books prefering instead to focus on action and not on points of law.A good read and reccomendabke to anyone who has enjoyed either his previous books or enjoys legal thrillers.It is also similiar to books written by Scott Turow.

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                    23.06.2000 18:50

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                    Patrick Lanigan was a young lawyer who had recently become a partner in a propsperous law firm. Feeling a sense of hopelessness in his life, he plotted for months on how he would disappear and start a new life in a foreign country. He learned about a scheme in which his law firm would earn $90 million dollars for their client. Patrick obtained a new identity and stole the money. He started a new life in Brazil with a beautiful young woman, but was always looking over his shoulder. Four years later, he was found and tortured. He was brought back to the US and treated at a hospital while under arrest. He took that time to create an impecable defence for himself and eventually all charges were dropped and he went back to Brazil with $30 million dollars to live happily ever after. But he didn't... I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing story that is a fast read. I loved the character of Patrick Lanigan, with his attention to detail and the remarkable tactics he used to win his case. It was an entertaining book that I couldn't wait to finish.

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