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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Associate : Review

This cover captures the
 essence of the book 
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Book :     The Associate
Author :   John Grisham
Genre :    Corporate Thriller
Published by : Arrow Books
Year :      2009
Cover :   Good (This one)

Being a John Grisham fan I am always ready for an opportunity to read him. And to review, is just icing over the cake !

Like all Grisham lovers I too love him for his finely etched court-room dramas, the examinations and the cross- examinations, the litigations, appeal, hearing, plea and plea bargain,the prosecution, the circumstantial evidence, the indictment, the jury .... and  the verdict .
This one is okay
But he appeals to me more because of the way he writes. 
Grisham creates fine and layered characters mouthing  meaningful clear dialogues and thus a lucid and spontaneous narration. Even the twists and turns seem graceful !

THE PLOT
Kyle McAvoy is law graduate with a brilliant academic record, a bright future, humanistic tendencies to follow his lawyer father rather than some big law-firm in New York raking moolah by every passing second and ...... a wild past .


Not Good
And now, he is being blackmailed to join a big flashy New York law firm and fish out the secrets of a law-suit of international importance. 
Kyle is trapped. 
Will he be able to come out of the web or will he play along ... 
The blackmailers are the most powerful , had killed one of his friends from that secret of past and they have the highest level of  sensitive gizmos and bright brains to tackle any technology .....

MY TAKE 


This cover was  good
considering the story
 
In one line, the book affirms that -
"Old sins have long shadows"

And Kyle McAvoy's uncommitted sins are causing a rather long and gloomy shadow on his present and future life. 
But the catch here is that Kyle has not committed them so why is he to suffer under that dark looming shadow ?

Like his other books this too offers the readers a remarkable reading style and a detailed slice of life (court/legal life ) feel to the whole narration without being verbose at all ! 

Still ,with this book , you'll crave  for more.

 The story is  nicely woven but it leaves the reader with a feeling of something wanting .

The end definitely makes it more realistic but readers also want justice to be done to the blackmailers and most importantly certain questions were left unanswered ... like 

-how they got the video in first place?


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-who filmed it ? (not important though)

-why did Kyle not share this with his dad ?
It seemed absurd knowing that Kyle share a great relation with his Dad and knew that he will only support and trust him .... still he did not tell him ..even after he was almost sure, he can not be indicted !

Plus it was little lax on the blackmailer's part not to know that Kyle is leaving his room to meet a lawyer so many times .... 

Yes. I do believe things happen.. and David WINS AGAINST Goliath but then it has to be convincing.. with all the cool tracking devices and the highly sensitive softwares hackers, the goons were unaware about Kyle's intention till the last moment was a bit far-fetched and then to know it at the last moment again was confusing .

Am saying it again, that - It happens... but it ought to be clear.

Due to these small but essential facts ignored, I was not impressed by the story and found it - the story and the plot little 'dheela'  loose and hasty 
BUT
 its for the gripping account of his writing that whatever of a story was there, I enjoyed it !

Verdict  
A free time fast paced light read.. for a beach day vacation but certainly not his best .
3/5

PS. The realistic open ended ending give ample scope for a (better ending ) sequel !


34 comments:

  1. Admire you & your reviews, Kokila!
    This looks interesting. Not read this...

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    1. Thanks Anita for the sweet words :)
      Yup its interesting but not good enough for you take in that beautiful 'Tower' ...for that ,something more worthwhile ,more beautiful, ought to be there :)
      And friend, the admiration is mutual.... I love your writing dear :)

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  2. Sounds like a good book. Has it been made into a movie too?

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    1. The movie thing is in process with ShiaLabeouf as Kyle though can't say till we watch it :) Thanks for the visit Mridula :)

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  3. I would add a Corporate Thriller to the list, soon :D A bit too interesting one here, I would say :)

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    1. Yeah .. its most interesting for you Teny as you'll analytically dissect the end till the end in a really interesting way and I guess with few 'cinematic liberties' it will turn out as a great movie !

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  4. Nice & honest review. From the beginning it sounds that I've to a grab a copy at the earliest but after reading the full review I'm able to manage my mind to have patience :)

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    1. Right choice Ravish ! Its good to read if you have nothing else but to go for it specifically is not required as it does not offers any new insight or emotion or anything ... and your time is more precious to us as a writer of mind blowing pieces and now superb haiku(s) :)

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  5. Your review made me prepare to buy this in IGIA and read it during 18 hours of flight to LA. Great review.
    ...shabab khan

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    1. You will not be disappointed if you'll read it in flight when you'll not have any other better thing to do :) but still, be warned against the 'realistic open ended' ending Shabab !
      Bon voyage` :)

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  6. "Old sins have long shadows" ...I believe this too. The review is tight( though the plot , as you've said, is loose :-D ) and honest. Haven't read this....but as you find it enjoyable, might pick it up... :-)

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    1. He He .. for the 'tight review, loose plot' :)
      Hmm.. if you get it from somewhere then read otherwise don't go for it.. its better to read the best ones and give me your awesome reviews Mani :)

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  7. Sycamore Row was my last Grisham novel. I too love his courtroom dramas. Haven't read this one yet though. Jumped to Sci-fi with Asimov for right now!

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    1. He He great jump meoww :) its better to change genre` and read the good and the best than to see your fav writers faltering or being hasty...
      though a hasty Grisham is still better than most so-called today's bestsellers anytime :P :) cheers for the Grisham fans :) and do tell how was Asimov's ..

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  8. Interesting plot but the presentation matters and of the rating of 3 I guess.
    Thanks for the review.

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    1. Yeah.. indrani.. that thing dampened it of sort ... Till a better one next time :) Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. A very nice review, so many good books around, finding difficult to allocate the time...but still will keep it in my agenda.

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    1. Yeah its good if you have it and the time .. otherwise you can skip and wait for the sequel which
      (if happened) might have action and justice ! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. Seems like a good read for my in between travel breaks :) Gr8 review

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    1. Yeah Ankita light and fast paced ... just the way our brain needs now a days :) It will more like break rather than some more work Just don't expect great twists and action :) Happy reading . Thanks for the visit dear :)

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  11. I will surely pick it up for the good writing style, its quite a learning for us writers. I really liked the review babe!

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    1. Yeah... pick it up for the scenes of Kyle's thoughts.... perhaps you'll enjoy that ... but as for learning something ... ahem, ahem.. sharminda mat karo yaar ..... my super girl writer ... I love you for your lack of verboseness :) and U KNOW That :)

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  12. Will pick this one without fail........ Good review Kokila!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Bhavani :) am glad you liked the review :)

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  13. The plot seemed interesting, but you have pointed out some loopholes. Still, would read for Grisham's writing. So, it's in my not sure list.
    A very precise review, Kokila.

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    1. Yeah Kiran... that's correct... its okay as in the writing style but not a great book so ... depending upon time and availability only you can read or skip :)
      Thanks for the sweet comment dear :)

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  14. Great review. I loved how you summed it up so well...must grab the book at my earliest. Thanks...

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    1. Thanks for your time and the lovely comment Panchali :)

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  15. Great review, Kokila. I enjoy Grisham's books too.

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    1. Hey Celestine , your range of interest and the reading spectrum is infinite ! Glad you liked the review ..
      Thanks for stopping by:)

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  16. Nice review Kokila :) Sometimes we get biased to our favourite writer's side but you didn't :)

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    1. Hey Sindhu ... you are one of the few who have actually 'read' the post to know that I am somewhat thrashing the book :P Thanks for THAT- Reading and not skimming :) :D

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  17. Fast paced and light read! Just what I need these days.
    And gosh! it's been ages since I read a Grisham. Actually very little reading happening these days. I think I'll add this to the wishlist.
    Thank you :)

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    1. Grisham is bound to entertain you with his no nonsense writing style and plot ... though here its the plot which is not properly wrapped up.. the rest is as good as it used to be :)

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