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published: 26th May 2011

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the associate

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 ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his entire life.

One night that secret catches up with him in the form of a deeply compromising video of the incident that haunts him. Kyle realises that he no longer owns his own future that he must do as his blackmailers tell him, or the video will be made public, with all the unpleasant consequences.

What price do they demand for Kyle's secret? It is for Kyle to take a job in New York as an associate at the largest law firm in the world. Kyle won't be working for this company, but against it passing on the secrets of it's biggest trial to date, a dispute worth billions of dollars to the victor.

Full of twists and turns and reminiscent of The Firm, The Associate is vintage John Grisham.
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Critic's Reviews

'The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down'
 New York Times

'It's a damned good read. This is Grisham returning to what he knows best.'
 Scotland on Sunday

'The cat-and-mouse game that ensues is gripping, the legal background utterly convincing'
 Sunday Telegraph

'Grisham paints a fascinating picture. Vintage Grisham, with a really believable ending'
 The Guardian

'Grisham never disappoints and this is another fantastic read'
 The Sun

'Grisham's new book harks back to the one that made him famous, and effectively defined the legal thriller genre: The Firm. Grisham does a fine job of evoking the insanely competitive culture of a major New York law firm.'
 The Mail on Sunday

'In typical Grisham fashion it does hurtle along at a decent clip'
 London Lite

'In The Associate, John Grisham returns to the legal milieu he explored so vividly in The Firm. Grisham is such a storyteller that you want to turn the page'
 The Guardian

'The Firm had at it's rotten core a private enterprise in the guise of a legal practice, the filth at the heart of The Associate is much more insidious. Grisham's fine legal mind clearly sets out all the parameters, and then he puts his outraged foot down, right to the floor.'
 The Mirror

'Tense and exciting'
 Evening Standard

'A vintage legal thriller from the master of the genre'
 USA Today

'Easily his most recognisably 'back to form' novel since The Firm. Grisham has returned with a vengeance to his trademark territory: the grim world of corporate law and the sinister machinations of the men on its fringes.'
 The Times

'Don't wait for the film, read the book first this time. The maestro of the legal thriller's new one centres on a brilliant student with an unfortunate secret.'
 Daily Sport

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