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The Associate

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Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation: he’s good looking, has a brilliant mind and a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life. “The Associate” is John Grisham’s upcoming 384-page legal thriller that will be released for sale on January 27, 2009.

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It’s a deadly game of blackmail. And they’re making him play.

Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation: he’s good looking, has a brilliant mind and a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life.

One night that secret catches up with him in the form of some bad men in a dark alley — they have a deeply compromising video of the incident that haunts him. The men make it clear to Kyle that he no longer owns his own future — that he must do as they tell him, or the video will be made public knowledge, with all the unpleasant consequences.

What price do they demand for Kyle’s secret? Strangely, it is for Kyle to do exactly what any ambitious young lawyer would want to do: take a job in New York as an associate at the largest law firm in the world, a job that is incredibly well paid and, with mammoth hours and outrageous billing, could lead to partnership and a fortune.

But Kyle won’t be working for the company, but against it — passing on the secrets of the company’s biggest trial to date, a dispute between two defense contractors worth billions of dollars to the victor. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him and the FBI, who would love to unmask the conspiracy. Will his intellect, cunning and bravery be enough to extricate him from an impossible dilemma?

Full of twists and turns and reminiscent of The Firm, “The Associate” is vintage John Grisham.

“The Associate” is John Grisham’s 22nd legal thriller that was published on January 27, 2009. According to Doubleday, the first printing is 2.8 million copies.

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8 reviews for The Associate


  1. I am really looking forward to reading this book. I am a huge fan and I have all of his books. The lawyer/thrillers are my fav but was happily surprised with “The Bleachers” and “An Inoccent Man”. I am counting down the days to the release! I am only said that it is so far away! Happy reading everyone!


  2. I have also read all of John Grisham’s books and I have loved them all. Bleachers, Playing for Pizza, and The Painted House were not legal thrillers, but were excellent in their own way… Keep them coming Mr. Grisham… Looking forward to reading the new one…


  3. Sir,your writting is very entertaining. Early novel’s held considerable suspense and that, (enthusiastic cant stop reading)thing within us. The legal thriller’s are great. However, like a seasoned actor, you very sussessfully made; The Painted House, Skipping Christmas, and Playing for Pizza, comfortable and enjoyable deviation’s from the norm. You command admiration and respect for the quality stories and subsequent entertaining value of your imagination. Your ability to so easily allow us, the reader… to travel,or feel we are in the time and place of your stories, is the best compliment I can offer. The stress, our work, life, and the B.S. we deal with in our daily live’s can use a break… and you make it happen. Like the old song, the line…(take a trip and never leave the farm)! With thank’s, and great appreciation for your time and effort, a devoted fan, Jim Green


  4. I read “The Associate” recently.I felt that this book lacked the punch which his other books carried.This book,however,is immensely readable and proves once again why John Grisham is one of the best authors today. My all time favourite still happens to be “ The Juror”. One more favourite of mine is “The Chamber”.I am looking forward to read “Ford County”.


  5. I just read The Associate and couldn’t put it down. I am a big John Grisham fan and always look forward to anything he writes. I could never be critical of his work, and I like the way he ended the book, it just keeps you wanting more.


  6. Hey #5 GIN……It keeps you wanting more because the ending stinks. You want more because what you got wasn’t enough! The ending is not believable. This novel has conspiracy wriiten all over it and at the highest levels and then comes to a screaching unbelievable halt.

    Very Disappointed in the one! 40 great chapters and 1 stinker.

    Chapter 41 looks like I wrote it….. not John Grisham!


  7. Hello I am a aspiring actor and i am very familiar with the associate, i was looking on imdb.com and i saw there will be a movie coming out in the year 2012 with shia labeauf as the lead playing Kyle McAvey. I am very intrested in playing a role in this film i know this book so well so if anyone can give me a chance, that would be a dream come true, thank you God bless


  8. Extremely disappointing. Why in the world did Grisham end (or, perhaps more accurately, not end)the book the way he did? What was the point in leaving so much ambiguity? Why weren’t all the loose ends tied up? Why weren’t motivations examined and explained? Why did the main character imply at the end that the US Government was behind the plot to steal the secrets? This is beyond preposterous.

    It leaves me wondering what the story is between Grisham and the publisher. Surely the latter couldn’t be happy with the ending. Most of the reviews that I have read have been bad,and no publisher wants bad reviews on the record.

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