It’s been a few years since I read a John Grisham novel. Not by design, I hasten to add, but more by accident/many more book clubs books to read than I can decently keep up with (ooh, ugly, unwieldy sentence, that, & ending with a preposition to boot…)
Anyway, away in the cool hills of Kashmir on holiday, I ran out of books, and there, on my host’s bookshelf, was a Grisham novel.
“The Associate” is every bit as gripping and fast-paced and intricately clever as its predecessors.
Hats off to Mr. Grisham for being able to craft so many gripping books out of the world of law. This book is well-written, a page turner (however cliched that might sound) and I was hooked until the very last page. A perfect legal whodunnit.
I can’t tell you much about the plot, as that would spoil everything, but suffice it to say that this story takes place in Manhattan, as opposed to the southern US as in many of his books. The murky world of big law firms and mega law suites is compellingly told. The numbing, grinding work ethos and pressure of the big corporate world is told in harrowing detail and the city of New York features in a starring role.
Amidst a cast of characters good bad and downright ugly, we have in Kyle McAvoy an eminently likeable hero. Slightly flawed, brainy, honest – we are gunning for him the whole way through this great read.
Classic John Grisham, and so thoroughly recommended.
Published in 2009 by Doubleday, the hardback (what a treat !) costs US$27.95
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