John Grisham. Enough said.
Grisham has succeeded in creating a following for himself. Readers lap up his legal thrillers, little caring that his novels are an exercise in repetition. Lawyer+Mega Firm+Crazy work schedules+Bad guys=Grisham novel. I count myself as one of them. I love Grisham novels and I think I’ve read almost every one of them. I’ve been pondering for a long time now on just how he manages to make every single one of his novels edge of the seat thrillers if they’re all the same story, really.
‘The Associate’ is no different. Kyle McAvoy, young law graduate, all set for a bright future at the biggest law firm in the world, finds his life turned upside down when his past intervenes. Enter bad guys. Kyle finds himself threatened by a gang, who blackmail him into revealing insider information on the biggest case his firm has handled so far. Billions of dollars are at stake and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want. That includes destroying Kyle’s life by implicating him in a crime from his past he had nothing to do with.
So what does Kyle do?
A thriller that takes you right into the cutthroat world of corporate law. The pace is maintained throughout, though you might find yourself a little bored if you’ve read Grisham’s other works.
Read it for the inside truths. Read it for a glimpse of a world wholly unknown.