Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Associate by John Grisham
The Associate is another solid legal thriller from John Grisham. Super student Kyle McAvoy is blackmailed into joining a huge legal firm after his graduation from Yale. McAvoy is expected to spy on his own firm, steal protected documents, and turn them over to his handlers. If it sounds a little familiar, there are some parallels to The Firm. I didn't find McAvoy nearly as interesting a character as Mitch McDeer, nor is this book as gripping. Unlike many of Grisham's novels, The Associate lacks an underlying theme, unless one considers "Huge law firms are bad" to be a message. Nonetheless, it's a well written book and Grisham's many fans will enjoy it.