The Associate by John Grisham
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Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they’ll use to ruin him–unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something any ambitious young lawyer would kill for: a job in Manhattan as an associate at the world’s largest law firm. If Kyle accepts, he’ll be on the fast track to partnership and a fortune. But there’s a catch. Kyle won’t be working for the firm but against it in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him, the FBI, and his own law firm–in a malignant conspiracy not even Kyle with all his intellect, cunning, and bravery may be able to escape alive.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
Published March 9, 2010 by Dell. 450 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction

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The Guardian

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The Associate is a novel about a brilliant young American law student with a Scottish surname and a butch forename who surprises everyone with his choice of the law firm where he is to train.

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Book Reporter

Through the course of nearly two decades of writing and the publication of 22 books, John Grisham has been a perpetual occupant of a top position on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Entertainment Weekly

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The Washington Post

Kyle soon hates his job, as do most of the associates, and Grisham makes a persuasive case that their lives are hell on Earth.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

You might think that John Grisham's 22nd book, The Associate, has little chance of being any good.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In his 22nd book, bestselling author John Grisham returns to the themes of his breakout novel, The Firm (1991).

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Curious Book Fans

The men are prepared to bury the tape but only if Kyle is prepared to do what they ask which is to go and work as an associate as a prestigious New York law firm and basically act as their mole.

Dec 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Associate: A Novel


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The Gospel Coalition

Grisham exposes the lifestyle that many in America have come to see as innocent fun or the proverbial “sowing your wild oats.” Grisham’s book demonstrates that some actions have consequences years after we commit them.

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