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They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well.But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes.From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more. But they found him.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780307576163
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Picked this one up in a charity shop for my unexpected section. It's really not what I'd normally read, what with all the crime and lawyers and being terribly terribly sneaky, but it's easy to read and I could appreciate the sneakiness. It's a pretty clever plot, I think, with a sting in the tail which actually made me say ouch aloud.

The weird thing about it is that the main character isn't innocent. He pretty much deserves what he's getting, and it's really weird that everything comes up roses for him -- at least legally, and in terms of his plot all going to plan. Maybe not personally. But he's done something really awful -- even once the 'murder' is explained -- and yet people still like him, still do what he needs... it's weird and it's hard to really root for him.

The story overall is a bit dry, but it is kind of interesting trying to follow all the twists and turns. It's a little unrealistic that something could turn out so perfectly, and the sting in the tail doesn't really change that, but it's fun enough. I have a couple of other Grisham books to read. We'll see how they go.more
I cannot think of many things that would piss me off more than finding out that my husband faked his death...more
I've wanted to read this book for years and finally got the chance. The story is well written and held my attention. The ending surprised me though. What's the ultimate moral of the story?more
I'll be honest this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a very long time and I've not really been enthusiastic about reading it. I've seen a few of the Grisham movies and while I know that I should never judge a book by the movie I just could not bring myself to read this book. I finally read it and I'm happy to report that I loved it. The characters were very well developed and the story was just captivating. You could predict what was going to happen but the getting there was simply amazing.more
Legal twist and turns make this a super read. At first, in the book The Partner I wasn't a big fan of the main character, Patrick. I was not quite sure if I was supposed to want Patrick to get away with everything but found myself on his side even though I didn't know why he had committed this theft. I did admire the way he had every angle thought out. The book was hard to put down. The constant legal twists and turns in the story kept me riveted. Mr. Grisham kept me interested with the number of players in the plot and then he planted this hidden thought of what would it be like to start life over? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it highly. Beware; the ending is not expected and rather disheartening.more
I enjoyed reading this story. Plenty of suspense all the way through. I would recommend this one to anyone who is a Grisham fan.more
Well paced but, at the end of the day, plot doesn't hang together.more
Entertaining maybe, but hardly scintillating. The biggest problem is the hero - one is supposed to be rooting for him and his cleverness, but actually he's a completely nasty piece of work.Patrick, living with an unfaithful wife, is as is usual in a Grisham novel, a sucessful lawyer. He's just been made partner in a Mississipi law firm, and learns the other partners are about to kick him out, prior to recieving a multimillion dollar fee. And so Patrick plans. First of all he tapes and records all sorts of secret conversations, and has his wife followed and daughter DNA tested (without permission which is illegal), then he stages his own death leaving his friends and family in the dark, and then steals the firms fee and flees to Brazil. The story starts with Patrick being caught by a private organiation chasing the money he stole.Nowhere is there any discussion about the thought of decieving so many people, nobody reproaches him for it, and it never crosses his mind. He's been a complete bastard, decieving his friends for years, spying on his wife, and work collegues, abandoning his paretns, and relying on his girlfiriend to keep him out of trouble, and not once, nowhere is this thought to be a problem. Needless to say, I had little sympathy for him. The writing is Grisham's usual, fastpaced, skipping over any plot holes but enjoyable mostof the time. For no explained reason Patrick decides to release his story in dribs and drabs rather than in one long conversation. This is annoying as Patricks story is the key part of the book, rather than all the manipulatin of the justice system going on around him. Fairly typical mid-course Grisham - it's not about lawyers in courtrooms making legal arguments, but it is about lawyers and corruption making backroom deals.more
This was the first John Grisham novel I read, and I think it was a bad choice. I did not enjoy this book. The fundamental problem is that the protagonist, Patrick, is a wholly unsympathetic character: once we get past the initial torture scenes, we're left with a man who cares nothing about his family, fakes his own death, steals a large sum of money, then spends most of the book manipulating the legal system to try to walk away with as much loot as he can. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him? Admiration for his escapades? For me, it was a total misfire. And at the end of the story, Grisham throws one final twist that is perhaps intended to satisfy those who see injustice in Patrick's escape to freedom. Unfortunately, the twist is so arbitrary, going against everything we know about the characters, that it rings false and leaves the reader scratching his head in confusion. Not quite the effect the author was hoping for, I suspect.more
I listened to John Grisham only a couple of weeks ago when he was discussing on c-span how he writes best when he has an outline. In listening to The Partner I was struck with the incredible arrangement of details to make everything work in sequence. I was trying to picture his outline for this book on some sort of wall or arranged in a pile of cards spread out on the floor---- it boggled my mind! I thoroughly enjoyed what I thought was a nicely complicated plot line.more
Patrick Lanigan is back and after staging his death, he is found alive and well in Brazil. From the time of his "capture" to the end of the book, he will lead us on a great adventure to an ending that is pure Grisham and totally unexpected and will possibly lead us to where?more
First-rate thriller. Wonderful twists and turns, great suspense, among the best in the genre.more
Excellent story! I forgot how well Grisham can weave a tale!more
The same plot/storyline as the rest of John Grisham's other novels. Nothing new from this formula author.more
No young naive protagonists. No characters that you care about at all, instead there are jaded lawyers, weary judges, and burned out investigators. There is torture, jails, hospitals, courtrooms, and banks. Yes, a lot of money is stolen quite cleverly, but it is lost in the end. And by then you hardly care.more
The plot was super - certainly could have been made into a feature film well before now. The writing was more workmanlike than other Grisham's. And the plot certainly fits into the Grisham formula: man and woman pair, initially the man alone, woman becomes a co-conspirator later, the man an attorney with morals brought into a bad situation with his law partners, comes up with some crafty way to end up with a bunch of money and safety, etc etc. It was a bit annoying that most of the book was the protagonist telling his story of his life over the last four years. This kind of writing gets to me: when it's all about the past. You have to sit through the niceties of them meeting their interviewee with little vignettes of what meaningless stuff is happening now. Is it really too much trouble to tell it as it occurs? In this case it's justified because there are long periods where nothing happens and that's part of the drama. Still it is mildly painful. The ending is indeed special.more
A rather typical John Grisham novel, with a quite predictable plot (I found). The second half of this book verges on boredom, only saved from it by the always enjoyable writing style of the author.This makes the very last pages of the book all the more stunning : they trigger a disturbing emotion that I will have a hard time forgetting.more
Classic Grisham, this was a good book. The ending is one that I should have suspected, but I managed to not see it coming anyway and was appropriately infuriated.more
Readable but typical Grisham--recycled plot with a new title.more
Not quite the page turner that I've found other Grisham's books to be. I wasn't sure whether I supposed to sympathize with the main character. I actually figured out the ending way before I got there - an unusual experience for me with Grisham's books. Still, the story hooked me and I enjoyed the plot.more
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Picked this one up in a charity shop for my unexpected section. It's really not what I'd normally read, what with all the crime and lawyers and being terribly terribly sneaky, but it's easy to read and I could appreciate the sneakiness. It's a pretty clever plot, I think, with a sting in the tail which actually made me say ouch aloud.

The weird thing about it is that the main character isn't innocent. He pretty much deserves what he's getting, and it's really weird that everything comes up roses for him -- at least legally, and in terms of his plot all going to plan. Maybe not personally. But he's done something really awful -- even once the 'murder' is explained -- and yet people still like him, still do what he needs... it's weird and it's hard to really root for him.

The story overall is a bit dry, but it is kind of interesting trying to follow all the twists and turns. It's a little unrealistic that something could turn out so perfectly, and the sting in the tail doesn't really change that, but it's fun enough. I have a couple of other Grisham books to read. We'll see how they go.more
I cannot think of many things that would piss me off more than finding out that my husband faked his death...more
I've wanted to read this book for years and finally got the chance. The story is well written and held my attention. The ending surprised me though. What's the ultimate moral of the story?more
I'll be honest this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a very long time and I've not really been enthusiastic about reading it. I've seen a few of the Grisham movies and while I know that I should never judge a book by the movie I just could not bring myself to read this book. I finally read it and I'm happy to report that I loved it. The characters were very well developed and the story was just captivating. You could predict what was going to happen but the getting there was simply amazing.more
Legal twist and turns make this a super read. At first, in the book The Partner I wasn't a big fan of the main character, Patrick. I was not quite sure if I was supposed to want Patrick to get away with everything but found myself on his side even though I didn't know why he had committed this theft. I did admire the way he had every angle thought out. The book was hard to put down. The constant legal twists and turns in the story kept me riveted. Mr. Grisham kept me interested with the number of players in the plot and then he planted this hidden thought of what would it be like to start life over? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it highly. Beware; the ending is not expected and rather disheartening.more
I enjoyed reading this story. Plenty of suspense all the way through. I would recommend this one to anyone who is a Grisham fan.more
Well paced but, at the end of the day, plot doesn't hang together.more
Entertaining maybe, but hardly scintillating. The biggest problem is the hero - one is supposed to be rooting for him and his cleverness, but actually he's a completely nasty piece of work.Patrick, living with an unfaithful wife, is as is usual in a Grisham novel, a sucessful lawyer. He's just been made partner in a Mississipi law firm, and learns the other partners are about to kick him out, prior to recieving a multimillion dollar fee. And so Patrick plans. First of all he tapes and records all sorts of secret conversations, and has his wife followed and daughter DNA tested (without permission which is illegal), then he stages his own death leaving his friends and family in the dark, and then steals the firms fee and flees to Brazil. The story starts with Patrick being caught by a private organiation chasing the money he stole.Nowhere is there any discussion about the thought of decieving so many people, nobody reproaches him for it, and it never crosses his mind. He's been a complete bastard, decieving his friends for years, spying on his wife, and work collegues, abandoning his paretns, and relying on his girlfiriend to keep him out of trouble, and not once, nowhere is this thought to be a problem. Needless to say, I had little sympathy for him. The writing is Grisham's usual, fastpaced, skipping over any plot holes but enjoyable mostof the time. For no explained reason Patrick decides to release his story in dribs and drabs rather than in one long conversation. This is annoying as Patricks story is the key part of the book, rather than all the manipulatin of the justice system going on around him. Fairly typical mid-course Grisham - it's not about lawyers in courtrooms making legal arguments, but it is about lawyers and corruption making backroom deals.more
This was the first John Grisham novel I read, and I think it was a bad choice. I did not enjoy this book. The fundamental problem is that the protagonist, Patrick, is a wholly unsympathetic character: once we get past the initial torture scenes, we're left with a man who cares nothing about his family, fakes his own death, steals a large sum of money, then spends most of the book manipulating the legal system to try to walk away with as much loot as he can. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him? Admiration for his escapades? For me, it was a total misfire. And at the end of the story, Grisham throws one final twist that is perhaps intended to satisfy those who see injustice in Patrick's escape to freedom. Unfortunately, the twist is so arbitrary, going against everything we know about the characters, that it rings false and leaves the reader scratching his head in confusion. Not quite the effect the author was hoping for, I suspect.more
I listened to John Grisham only a couple of weeks ago when he was discussing on c-span how he writes best when he has an outline. In listening to The Partner I was struck with the incredible arrangement of details to make everything work in sequence. I was trying to picture his outline for this book on some sort of wall or arranged in a pile of cards spread out on the floor---- it boggled my mind! I thoroughly enjoyed what I thought was a nicely complicated plot line.more
Patrick Lanigan is back and after staging his death, he is found alive and well in Brazil. From the time of his "capture" to the end of the book, he will lead us on a great adventure to an ending that is pure Grisham and totally unexpected and will possibly lead us to where?more
First-rate thriller. Wonderful twists and turns, great suspense, among the best in the genre.more
Excellent story! I forgot how well Grisham can weave a tale!more
The same plot/storyline as the rest of John Grisham's other novels. Nothing new from this formula author.more
No young naive protagonists. No characters that you care about at all, instead there are jaded lawyers, weary judges, and burned out investigators. There is torture, jails, hospitals, courtrooms, and banks. Yes, a lot of money is stolen quite cleverly, but it is lost in the end. And by then you hardly care.more
The plot was super - certainly could have been made into a feature film well before now. The writing was more workmanlike than other Grisham's. And the plot certainly fits into the Grisham formula: man and woman pair, initially the man alone, woman becomes a co-conspirator later, the man an attorney with morals brought into a bad situation with his law partners, comes up with some crafty way to end up with a bunch of money and safety, etc etc. It was a bit annoying that most of the book was the protagonist telling his story of his life over the last four years. This kind of writing gets to me: when it's all about the past. You have to sit through the niceties of them meeting their interviewee with little vignettes of what meaningless stuff is happening now. Is it really too much trouble to tell it as it occurs? In this case it's justified because there are long periods where nothing happens and that's part of the drama. Still it is mildly painful. The ending is indeed special.more
A rather typical John Grisham novel, with a quite predictable plot (I found). The second half of this book verges on boredom, only saved from it by the always enjoyable writing style of the author.This makes the very last pages of the book all the more stunning : they trigger a disturbing emotion that I will have a hard time forgetting.more
Classic Grisham, this was a good book. The ending is one that I should have suspected, but I managed to not see it coming anyway and was appropriately infuriated.more
Readable but typical Grisham--recycled plot with a new title.more
Not quite the page turner that I've found other Grisham's books to be. I wasn't sure whether I supposed to sympathize with the main character. I actually figured out the ending way before I got there - an unusual experience for me with Grisham's books. Still, the story hooked me and I enjoyed the plot.more
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