I suppose that, like any other purchase the burden is on the buyer but it seems that after making so much money from his books and movies that Grisham would have some respect for the people who have bought his books over the years and refrain from releasing something that is a waste of time and money. Maybe there is something in the water in Mississippi that makes lawyers greedy - his buddy Dickie Scruggs couldn't resist bribing a judge even though he had successfully ripped off tobacco companies for billions of dollars but didn't want to share the proceeds with the other sharks. When is enough money enough? This book should have stayed on his hard drive until he could find a way to end it with something interesting. But then the characters and plot were pretty unbelievable from the beginning. This isn't the blatant paean to ambulance chasers that he perpetrated in The Appeal it's just poor craftsmanship.
This book is not as bad as some reviewers would have you believe. I thought this book was much better than some of his more recent books, especially the ones that strayed from the "law theme. This book moves quite fast and I had a hard time putting it down. I though it was a great read, but Grisham does wimp out and the story ends too abruptly. There was plenty of story left to tell. Despite the sudden ending, I am very glad to have read it. The reviewers who gave the book just 1 or 2 stars are overreacting to the ending. Just because you don't like the destination doesn't mean that the journey isn't worth taking.
Techno-Thrillers, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp fan!
Initially, I was so excited listening to this book and kept telling my wife how much she would enjoy it. Great plot, interesting characters, good insight into a large law firm. However, it left me hanging at the end -it wasn't finished, the ending left so much unanswered I felt like the author ran into a deadline and gave up writing. Only a few of the minor plot lines were resolved and even if this was deliberate so he has the basis for his next book, "The Partner", I am so upset to have invested 10+ hours of listening for the pathetic ending that I don't think I will buy the next book.
5 stars for the first 10.5 hours
0 stars for the last 20 minutes
The climb was definetly not worth the view for this dud of a book. It ended completely unresolved which would have been the interesting part of of the book to me. The ending was completely unsatifactory and feels a bit as Mr Grisham simply ran out of speed. I would skip this one.
This is an excellent book like many of his. nice plot and to my mind better than the firm, with a big however, it seems at the end he just got tired of writing and quit, the ending was pitiful
Dear Mr Grisham - Your book is fine, but you forgot to write the ending. If you're too jaded to write the ending yourself, surely you could have asked one of your minions to write an ending for you? Give me a day and I'd do it, for free. We paid money for this book - you owe us a duty to actually finish writing it before you put it on sale!
John Grisham is an excellent writer so it is never a bad experience when reading anything he writes. However The Associate is not one of his best and really should not be compared to the Firm which had a great plot. It was a little dull but my opinion is that anything Mr. Grisham writes is worth reading.
Grisham really lets us down on this book. It is like he wrote half of it and then just quit. It is obvious he has lost his love of writing. it seems like its just a job for him now. Please take a few years off Mr. Grisham and reclaim your passion.