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If you thought Mitch McDeere was in trouble in The Firm, wait until you meet Kyle McAvoy.

Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential.

But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about.

Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and villains, from drug-addled trust fund kid and possible rapist Baxter Tate to quiet former math teacher Dale who shares Kyle's cubicle at the law firm, The Associate is vintage Grisham.

©2009 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2009 Random House Audio

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  • Juan
  • Pompano Beach, FL, USA
  • 03-04-09

John Grisham should be ashamed

The plot was a stretch but most of the book was well written and the view of a big time law firm was interesting. The books hums along merrily, building to a climax and then just ends.

To go through all that writing and neglect to write an ending is inexcusable. It felt like a "rip-off." Certainly the worst Grisham book ever and possibly one of the most disappointing audio books ever.

I always thought publishers had editors who helped writers recognize their deficiencies. Guess not. Did anyone read this book before putting it in print? The publisher is equally guilty. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

Save your money.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • JoAnn
  • MILLVILLE, NJ, United States
  • 02-03-09

Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm"

Great beginning - really appreciated the description of the horrid routine of the'big time' law firm associate...
story line/plot is somewhat flat and not particularly complicated - lacks thrilling impending-danger moments
Grisham's endings (as in "The Appeal" also)are beginning to dissappoint an avid fiction reader -
much too realistic and not gratifying!

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Where's part II

What is it with Grisham and his endings?
Just when you really get into the story and the characters, the story just ends. I love how Grisham tells a story and builds the character from the ground up.But just when this chartacter was getting in over his head, I started to think ahead to all the directions he could or might take and all the other characters that could or would help him in some way. The story was reaching a high point and I looked down and I was on the last chapter and thought, "there's going to be a part TWO but guess what? Bam! the story ends. It's as if he has a certain number of books to write and he gets tired of the story so he writes a quick ending. Will give serious thought to getting his next book so quick. Will wait till others have reviewed it so as to possibly save myself a credit. I give it 2 stars because its a great Part I

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Vintage Grisham

Grisham demonstrates his mastery of the genre, indeed he created it.

In this novel, another take on the "make a deal with the devil" theme, Grisham writes from the inside out, so we get a window on the wide range of ambivalent feelings and situations from the protagonist's point of view.

And, nice to read a Grisham without the southern lawyer story line.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 02-23-09

I should have known better

After 1 hour I have given up on this book. It was not worth wasting even that much time. Formulaic and boring.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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The Associate

The last few Grisham books all seem to be rushed at the end--like he is trying to finish it to get it to the publisher. As a result, several key issues in the story line are unresolved. It was good until the last few hours--then is was predictable and frustrating.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great story, ending leaves you wanting

This is a great John Grisham story that is set in the high-paced world of a top Wall Street law firm. Much of the action takes place in Manhattan. I found the story more engrossing than last year's Grisham book, The Appeal (but to be fair, I have a huge personal fascination with Wall Street). Kyle McAvoy is caught up in a situation that seems implausible but is written in a fairly believable manner by Grisham. However, as with so many Grisham novels, the ending fall flat and leaves you wanting. It builds and builds and as you near the end you realize the ending is just going to dissipate like a mist (mainly because you can look and see how much time is left in the recording!). However's Grisham strength is always the story as a whole, and he is not known for his mind-blowing ending like an author such as Harlan Coben. Overall, I definitely recommend this. The change from the small town country lawyer is a nice mix-up of styles. With a better ending I think I could put it among his best, but that aspect places it mid-pack.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Gasping and grasping

So much redundant character dialog, poor plot, poor development and poor ending. I was shocked to see the name grisham even attached. this is by far the worst audio book I've heard in a long time. Brad Melzers, the 10th Juror, surprisingly with a very simular plot also just as bad. dont waste your time. I loved all of the other grisham books I've listned to, from the law based ones to the small stories, like a painted house and playing for pizza. The associate = Yuck.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Rats! I wish I had read all the other reviews before I wasted time with this junk. I thought the set-up was ridiculous, but like a fool I trusted Grisham to pull it together at the end. The joke was on me -- there WAS no end. It's like he got to 300 pages and just stopped.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Grisham may no longer be a "must read"

Definitely not as satisfying an ending as The Firm, but that story was outstanding. Grisham's last two novels, including The Appeal, have been disappointing. There isn't the surprise GOTCHA at the end like in The Juror or Runaway Jury.

Also, I really miss Michael Beck as narrator. He really brings Grisham's stories to life. This narrator was somewhat bland, without much voice differentiation between characters.

I may not be so quick to download the next Grisham.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful