The latest legal thriller from international number one bestselling author John Grisham
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.
“It's a damned good read. This is Grisham returning to what he knows best.”
Scotland on Sunday
“Grisham paints a fascinating picture. Vintage Grisham, with a really believable ending”
“Tense and exciting”
“The suspense is there in what is easily his most recongisably 'back to form' novel since The Firm. Grisham has returned with a vengeance to his trademark territory: the grim world of corporate law and the sinister machinations of the men on its fringes.”
“In typical Grisham fashion it does hurtle along at a decent clip”
“Don't wait for the film read the book first this time. The maestro of the legal thriller's new one centres on a brilliant student with an unfortunate secret.”
“A classic Grisham plot, similar to his first major success, The Firm, and told with the same elegance and elan.”
The Daily Mail
“John Grisham didn't just invent the legal thriller, he knows how to deliver a message too. His heroes are the little, decent people battling the syte,. The Associate is Grisham's 21st novel and returns to the heady days of his first major success, 1991's The Firm. The Firm had at it's rotten core a private enterprise in the guise of a legal practice, the filth at the heart of The Associate is much more insidious. Grisham's fine legal mind clearly sets out all the parameters, and then he puts his outraged foot down, right to the floor.”
“Grisham never disappoints and this is another fantastic read”
“In The Associate, John Grisham returns to the legal milieu he explored so vividly in The Firm. Grisham is such a storyteller that you want to turn the page”
“The cat-and-mouse game that ensues is gripping, the legal background utterly convincing”
“Grisham's new book harks back to the one that made him famous, and effectively defined the legal thriller genre: The Firm. Grisham does a fine job of evoking the insanely competitive culture of a major New York law firm.”
The Mail on Sunday
“The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down”
New York Times
“A vintage legal thriller from the master of the genre'”