They found him in a small town in Brazil, near the border with Paraguay. He had a new name, Danilo Silva, and his appearance had been changed by plastic surgery. The search had taken four years. They'd chased him around the world, always just missing him. It had cost their clients $3.5 million. But so far none of them had complained. The man they ...
They found him in a small town in Brazil, near the border with Paraguay. He had a new name, Danilo Silva, and his appearance had been changed by plastic surgery. The search had taken four years. They'd chased him around the world, always just missing him. It had cost their clients $3.5 million. But so far none of them had complained. The man they were about to kidnap had not always been called Danilo Silva. Before he had had another life, a life which ended in a car crash in February 1992. His gravestone lay in a cemetry in Biloxi, Mississippi. His name before his death was Patrick S. Lanigan. He had been a partner at an up-and-coming law firm. He had a pretty wife, a young daughter, and a bright future. Six weeks after his death, $90 million disappeared from the law firm. It was then that his partners knew he was still alive, and the long pursuit had begun...
If you like courtroom drama, mystery, suspense and a surprise ending Grisham's "The Partner" has it all. I had read this novel before, but it still seemed fresh and new. Grisham draws you into the story and you find yourself cheering for the protagonist no matter how despicable he might be. In this case I found myself wanting him to keep the money because the real owners seemed more like villans than the thief.
Aug 12, 2010
a well crafted book Grisham at his best,twist and turns,very enjoyable
Nov 16, 2008
I just decided to read this book one day because my mom told me to. I didn't actually think this book would be any good. But it was! This is a great book. I normally like fantasy, and law thriller just screams boreing, but WOW! I loved this book.
May 17, 2008
How to get away with murder
Patrick Lanigan, a partner in a prestigious law firm in Biloxi, is now thought to be Danilo Silva, who has lived for the past four years in the back country of Brazil--his latest residence in Ponta Porta. Patrick, if he is alive, is wanted for stealing 90 million dollars from his firm and disappearing. But how can that be. Shortly before the money disappeared, Patrick was killed in a one car crash when his car smashed into a tree on the side of the road, flipped down a gully and burned everything to a crisp. Is he alive or dead? Did he steal the money or not? There are so many twists and turns in this plot that it is hard to believe that one person could think of all the devious things that happen. What a cunning mind this author has. Read the book--enjoy it, and see if you don't agree with me that Grisham is a master of trickery, deceit, and above all, how the law works.
Aug 19, 2007
One of the best
Ever since reading his first novel I have been in love with the different situations and storylines involved in John Grisham's novels. But by far this is one of my favorites, the locals, and characters are some of the most personable in recient memory, This novel has everything mystery, intrigue, and money, the fight to get it and keep it are common themes in Grisham's works. By far my favorite of all of his novels.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-02-10 Money is essentially the principal character in Grisham's new thriller. It is a very large sum of itæ$90 million, to be exactæthat has motivated Gulf Coast lawyer Patrick Lanigan to concoct a scheme to disappear that is even more elaborate (if less convincing) than the one in the recent The Big Picture. It is money that drove a crooked defense contractor to try to pry loose a huge sum from Washington, and got Patrick's greedy law firm involved in the first place. And it is varying sums of money that enable Patrick to bribe his way out of a collection of indictments against him a yard longæincluding one for first-degree murderæwhen he is eventually found in his Brazilian hideaway and brought back to the U.S. to face the music. Already, at the end of The Runaway Jury, Grisham was displaying his fascination with the techniques of moving huge sums rapidly around the world, and here it becomes a key plot device. Even when tortured by his captors, Patrick can say he doesn't know where the money is, because only his Brazilian lover, fellow lawyer Eva Miranda, really knowsæand no one knows where she is. To call the plot of The Partner mechanical is at least partly a compliment: it is well-oiled, intricate and works smoothly. But its cynicism is remorseless: Lanigan is hardly a hero to warm to, despite his ingenuity (he puts on a lot of weight before his disappearance, just so he can take it off later and look altogether different). He is all calculation, and when it seems, at the end, as if someone has double-crossed him too, it is difficult to muster any sympathy. In Grisham's world money rules, and it is a sign of weakness to ignore its power. Not that the author is likely to do so, anyway; every indication is that his latest will rake it in once again. 2.8 million first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book club and Mystery Guild main selections; simultaneous audio. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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