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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 is ahead of him.
But he has a secret from his past, one that threatens to destroy his entire life.
One night that secret catches up with him in the form of a deeply compromising video, and a message: Do what we say. Or the whole world sees this video.
Their demand is unexpected: that Kyle take a job in New York as an associate at the largest law firm in the world. But Kyle won't be working for this company. He'll be a spy inside it, passing on the secrets of a trial that could be worth billions of dollars to the victor.
And as Kyle is drawn ever deeper into the criminal web, he wonders if he'll ever get out alive...
‘A master at the art of deft characterisation and the skilful delivery of hair-raising crescendos' – Irish Independent
'John Grisham is the master of legal fiction' – Jodi Picoult
'The best thriller writer alive' – Ken Follett
‘John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers’ – Telegraph
‘Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller’ – The Times
‘Grisham's storytelling genius reminds us that when it comes to legal drama, the master is in a league of his own.’ – Daily Record
‘Masterful – when Grisham gets in the courtroom he lets rip, drawing scenes so real they're not just alive, they're pulsating’ – Mirror
‘A giant of the thriller genre’ – TimeOut
Bestseller Grisham's contemporary legal thriller offers an action-and-suspense plot reminiscent of that of his breakout book, 1991's The Firm, in contrast to 2008's didactic The Appeal, which served as a platform for his concerns about the corrupting effects of judicial elections. Kyle McAvoy, a callow Yale Law School student, dreams of a public service gig on graduation, until shadowy figures blackmail him with a videotape that could revive a five-year-old rape accusation. Instead of helping those in need, McAvoy accepts a position at a huge Wall Street firm, Scully & Pershing, whose clients include a military contractor enmeshed in a $800 billion lawsuit concerning a newly-designed aircraft. McAvoy can avoid exposure of his past if he feeds his new masters inside information on the case. Readers should be prepared for some predictable twists, an ending with some unwarranted ambiguity and some unconvincing details (the idea that a secret file room in a high stakes litigation case would be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every night stretches credulity to the breaking point). Still, Grisham devotees should be satisfied, even if this is one of his lesser works.
A good story
The story is well written and quite fascinating to read. However I do not love unfinished stories. So it was quite disappointing to come to the end and still not knowing the outcome of all of this.
Spannend und lehrreich
Ein absolutes Spitzenbuch, eines der besten, die ich je gelesen habe. Der dunkle Schatten eines jungen staranwaltes und sein Leben in einer Grosskanzlei wird realistisch und spannend mit einer abendeuerlichen Geschichte verbunden. Kein Wunder, dass Grisham inzwischen 250 Millionen Bücher verkauft hat. Absolut berauschender Schreibstil
Ein wirklich schlechter Grisham.
Dies ist das Buch, bei dem ihm kein Ende eingefallen ist.
Und die Story? Wie bei "The Firm". Er mag nicht mehr, oder er kann nicht mehr. Finger weg.