Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Associate by John Grisham

Haven't read a John Grisham legal thriller for ages, when I found this in a hotel in Egypt on my recent vacation. Decided to grab it for a quick read. It is about Kyle, who is about to graduate and become a lawyer. He wants to work bro bono for some years, paying back to society and all that, but before graduating, he is being called to a meeting with some suspicious types who want him to do their business. For various reasons, he ends up accepting their "offer", which really is no offer at all, and soon after his graduation he finds himself in an enormous firm in New York, being worked to death as a first year associate. He has the suspicious types following his every step, his apartment is wired and he is generally finding himself in a huge jam, of which he cannot see a way out. But Kyle is a ressourceful young man, and a smart one as well, and he begins his own investigations and plans to get rid of his shadows and their threat of ruining his career if he is not doing as told.

This legal thriller is fine enough for a beach- or poolside read, and I was well entertained and found the writing fine and with a good flow. But nothing more. Not much substance and written like its to become a movie, rather sooner than later. I used to like Grisham's earlier works, then he sort of got "James Patterson Syndrome" and begun whipping out one bad book after another. He has not reached the low of James Patterson yet, though, and I can recommend this book as an entertaining, fast read.

8 comments:

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

I've never read Grisham or James Patterson. Seems like they both churn out books at a dizzying pace and I don't really like playing catch-up when I'm that behind with an author's work.

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful trip. Can't wait to see pictures. :)

Louise said...

Thanks Ruth, I did have a great trip and will post some pics along the way. Right now I am playing catch up with all the great blogs around the book blog land :-)

Maree said...

Welcome back :)
I haven't read a John Grisham novel for a while; I think the last one was Runaway Jury, which I thought was fairly average.
Frustrating, because I loved The Pelican Brief.

caite said...

I stopped reading Grisham after I saw in interview with him in which he said the had lost interest in writing legal thrillers...but was under contract to write a certain number more and so he would.

I figured if he was not interested, how good could they possibly be?

Beth F said...

I know what you mean about Patterson Syndrome -- I dont' read Grisham, but my husband used to. He also noted that the quality has gone downhill over the years.

Julia Smith said...

' He has not reached the low of James Patterson yet' - LOL!!

Louise said...

Maree, I also used to love Grisham and to be honest, this one wasn't as bad as some of the previous ones I've read..

Caite, its sort of like Patricia Cornwell who used to write such exciting forensic thrillers and then claimed that she had grown tired of it and the books really slid downhill after that. I mean, I don't blame those writers from tiring of writing the same subject, but still....

Beth & Julia: I am no big Patterson-fan, and I much prefer Grisham!

Dorte H said...

I read two novels by John Grisham, but also concluded they were too alike and have not returned to him.