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Publisher's Summary

They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well. But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes. From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more. But they found him.

©1997 John Grisham (P)1997 Random House, LLC

Critic Reviews

"All the ingredients of suspense, drama and meticulous attention to detail that have made Grisham's novels bestsellers... A terrific read" ( Sunday Mirror)
"A narrative triumph and a stylish joy, this novel has me gasping for more" ( Daily Telegraph)
"One terrific book–smart, fast, stingingly satiric, and almost criminally entertaining" ( Entertainment Weekly)

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The Partner

As usual John Grisham delivers hours of enjoyment. I really liked the way he allows the detail of the story to be rolled out slowly. I was able to see in my mind the various places and happenings in my mind as I listened and I adored the accents used by the narrator. Loved it.

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  • jo johnston
  • 10-05-15

Book ruined by an over dramatic narrator

It was hard to like this book with such and over dramatic narrator. It is a book filled with suspense, but it is over done to the point of distraction.

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  • Jeyda Heselton
  • 09-15-15

Gripping story, poor performance

Loved John Grisham's work as usual but the narrator spoke like a Hollywood film trailer throughout.

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  • Mrs W A Conn
  • 10-24-16

John Grisham does it again

Brilliant plot, suspense and what an ending. Good narration. True Grisham style with excellent crafting of tale. Highly recommend it.

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  • Lindy
  • 07-11-16

Corruption with a twist

Very clever plot
Twists and turns throughout the story to keep the reader interested
Introduces corruption by legal professions
Espionage, romance, friendship and loss, interesting read.

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  • Steve S.
  • 12-02-15

Easy listening and gripping story

From start to finish the book roles along with a slow, methodical pace. It's an easy listen without too many surprises. I loved the dulcet tones of the narrator which in many ways made the listening experience more enjoyable. If you love Grisham novels, this will not disappoint you, if you are new to the author, it's certainly one of his easier read/slistens

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-18

Awful narrator

I’ve no idea whether this is a great book or not as the narrator was so for curling in his over dramatic delivery I gave up! Awful awful awful!

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  • Simon G.
  • 12-04-17

Great listen...

Grisham needs to make this into a movie, the vivid descriptions of each place had me imagining journeys around each location. Couple of good twists - 5stars for me.

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  • madradiant
  • 10-01-17

Good story - kept me hooked.

The reason I withheld 5 stars is I found it hard to keep track of all the characters! The names were horribly complex and difficult. So many characters too. But the story was good as always with Grisham.

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  • Mummybee
  • 08-02-17

Enjoyed it.

A big fan and this one was as good as the last. Good story and
narrator

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  • Mark Say
  • 07-31-17

Like listening to a jigsaw puzzle

I'm always in a rush when writing these reviews because generally I've been listening in the car on the way to work and want to write a review before I start. Today is no exception.

I loved this story, you start off knowing the bare bones of what has happened to Patrick and it's like listening to someone putting together a jigsaw piece by piece and eventually you can see what the picture is, but certain bits are still missing, not to be filled in until the very end.

The pace was well set, always leaving you wanting more and listening to just one more chapter.

The narrator is very familiar to me now and I have grown accustomed to his voices.

Overall 5 stars, if you have enjoyed any of Grishams other books you will love this.

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  • Owen
  • 03-24-18

Dissapointed in the ending. <br />

Certainly not a book I would recommend or read again. The story line good but lost its way.

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  • David
  • 03-19-18

John Grisham at his Best to Date

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly it is an enthralling tale. Some bough down in legalities, not this one. I have been concerned that we are about to be hit with more and more courtroom drama, well some is there, but only as an integral part. There is a fabric of undisclosed tale which takes it's grand time in letting you know just what is ahead. Simply. you cannot take this book for granted.

What other book might you compare The Partner to, and why?

No I don't see a copy here, maybe after awhile I might, but not now as I have only just finished the story, it will continue to roll over me for yet a long while. Its a grand taste lingering on the tongue like a good sauce of a Christmas pudding.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not so much scenes as interludes, the up close conversations were masterful, the first presiding judge in private discussion is presented indeed as a judge with sharp, careful, deep delving, mind. He was one not to miss anything, he did it with style. The lady of the book just grabs one, especially as she is never fully described, like Mona Lisa, she leaves you wondering, yes what ....?

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes the laughs are there, no cries even with the finale. This is not a Wodehouse volume, no it gave my grey matter a stir to weigh up, to try to penetrate beyond the next little while, to hold things for a moment or two and try to take in just what you think maybe happening here.

Any additional comments?

Yes as a audio book you don't have the eye strain, especially if like me you may "read" during the long night hours. But add to this lazy pleasure, the skill of the narrator, they can easily make or break the tale. The inflection or tone on a throw away phrase or word so often makes a mighty impact that so often builds the fiber of the tome. I love a good voice.

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  • Joanna
  • 11-01-16

Crap ending

Ever listened to The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Great characterisation and plot , long story with super bad ending. Ok Grisham is not Hugo, but this book shares the same problem. I would have preferred a Disney ending. I feel I wasted my time. Won't bother reading another Grisham now. I'm sure he won't mind.

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