#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • If you thought Mitch McDeere was in trouble in The Firm, wait until you meet Kyle McAvoy, The Associate
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 though 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 Baxter Tate, a drug-addled trust fund kid and possible rapist, to Dale, a pretty but seemingly quiet former math teacher who shares Kyle’s “cubicle” at the law firm, to two of the most powerful and fiercely competitive defense contractors in the country—and featuring all the twists and turns that have made John Grisham the most popular storyteller in the world, The Associate is vintage Grisham.
The story is thin and not convincing and the ending is worse than the beginning. How could someone compare this with "the Firm" is beyond my imagination. If one has no expectation and no comparison, this book might be tolerable. But if you had read John Grishm's other books you would be totally disappointed with this.
I have read most od Grisham's stuff but this book was one of the lamest books I have ever read! I had about 30 pages left in the book and I told my wife that this is going to be a bad ending because there is no way he can wind up this story in such a short time. The story line is weak,the characters have no depth and the story line drags on and on into the bad world of law firms. It seems like this book was just pumped out quickly for a buck. Don't waste your money!
A Great Listen
Classic John Grisham with a captivating storyline from first chapter on. As usual, John Grisham gives us a glimse of an intruiging lifestyle and culture that most of us are probably not familiar with. In "The Associate" we taste the life experience of a first year law student, see the inner workings of a Wall Street law firm, and are exposed to the underground world of higly sophisticated crime. The skilled reader does an excellent job of keeping attention and portraying characters with appropriate voices. Although I haven't heard the abridged version, I would highly recommend this unabridged version if you have the time to listen; subplots and details add a lot to this story. John Grisham at his best, what else can I say?