The Associate - Grisham, John

The Associate

John Grisham 

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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.


  • Verlag: Arrow Books
  • 2009
  • Ausstattung/Bilder: 2009. 496 S. 178 mm
  • Seitenzahl: 485
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 177mm x 110mm x 38mm
  • Gewicht: 281g
  • ISBN-13: 9780099536994
  • ISBN-10: 0099536994
  • Best.Nr.: 26050416
"It's a damned good read. This is Grisham returning to what he knows best." Scotland on Sunday

" GRISHAM HAS A FIELD DAY ...The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Grisham's confident style hasn't changed, and THERE'S SUSPENSE APLENTY ." - People

"Grisham makes it easy for us to keep flipping the pages... A DEVASTATING PORTRAIT OF THE BIG-TIME, BIG-BUCKS LEGAL WORLD ." -Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

"Throughout, Grisham unwinds the spool of his narrative at a MASTERFUL , page-turning pace that pulls readers in and keeps them wanting more... The Associate is an absorbing thriller that's A FITTING FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRM ." - The Boston Globe

" COMPULSIVELY READABLE ...You're peering into a secret world of power and money. What more could you or any red-blooded American ask for?" - Time magazine

" A PAGE-TURNER ...Kyle McAvoy recalls Mitch McDeere from Grisham's breakout novel The Firm . He's young, idealistic, handsome, a little too cocky for his own good, but a brilliant lawyer who gets pulled in over his head and given an education in how the world really works." - The Los Angeles Times

From the Hardcover edition.
John Grisham wurde am 8. Februar 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, geboren, studierte in Mississippi und ließ sich 1981 als Anwalt nieder. Der aufsehenerregende Fall einer vergewaltigten Minderjährigen brachte ihm zum Schreiben. In Früh- und Nachtschichten wurde daraus sein erster Thriller, 'Die Jury', der in einem kleinen, unabhängigen Verlag erschien, der Beginn einer beispiellosen Erfolgsgeschichte.
Chapter One

The rules of the New Haven Youth League required that each kid play at least ten minutes in each game. Exceptions were allowed for players who had upset their coaches by skipping practice or violating other rules. In such cases, a coach could file a report before the game and inform the scorekeeper that so-and-so wouldn't play much, if at all, because of some infraction. This was frowned on by the league; it was, after all, much more recreational than competitive.

With four minutes left in the game, Coach Kyle looked down the bench, nodded at a somber and pouting little boy named Marquis, and said, "Do you want to play?" Without responding, Marquis walked to the scorers' table and waited for a whistle. His violations were numerous-skipping practice, skipping school, bad grades, losing his uniform, foul language. In fact, after ten weeks and fifteen games, Marquis had broken every one of the few rules his coach tried to enforce. Coach Kyle had long since realized that any new rule would be immediately violated by his star, and for that reason he trimmed his list and fought the temptation to add new regulations. It wasn't working. Trying to control ten inner- city kids with a soft touch had put the Red Knights in last place in the 12 and Under division of the winter league.

Marquis was only eleven, but clearly the best player on the court. He preferred shooting and scoring over passing and defending, and within two minutes he'd slashed through the lane, around and through and over much larger players, and scored six points. His average was fourteen, and if allowed to play more than half a game, he could probably score thirty. In his own young opinion, he really didn't need to practice.

In spite of the one-man show, the game was out of reach. Kyle McAvoy sat quietly on the bench, watching the game and waiting for the clock to wind down. One game to go and the season would be over, his last as a basketball coach. In two years he'd won a dozen, lost two dozen, and asked himself how any person in his right mind would willingly coach at any level. He was doing it for the kids, he'd said to himself a thousand times, kids with no fathers, kids from bad homes, kids in need of a positive male influence. And he still believed it, but after two years of babysitting, and arguing with parents when they bothered to show up, and hassling with other coaches who were not above cheating, and trying to ignore teenage referees who didn't know a block from a charge, he was fed up. He'd done his community service, in this town anyway.

He watched the game and waited, yelling occasionally because that's what coaches are supposed to do. He looked around the empty gym, an old brick building in downtown New Haven, home to the youth league for fifty years. A handful of parents were scattered through the bleachers, all waiting for the final horn. Marquis scored again. No one applauded. The Red Knights were down by twelve with two minutes to go.

At the far end of the court, just under the ancient scoreboard, a man in a dark suit walked through the door and leaned against the retractable bleachers. He was noticeable because he was white. There were no white players on either team. He stood out because he wore a suit that was either black or navy, with a white shirt and a burgundy tie, all under a trench coat that announced the presence of an agent or a cop of some variety.

Coach Kyle happened to see the man when he entered the gym, and he thought to himself that the guy was out of place. Probably a detective of some sort, maybe a narc looking for a dealer. It would not be the first arrest in or around the gym.

After the agent/cop leaned against the bleachers, he cast a long suspicious look at the Red Knights' bench, and his eyes seemed to settle on Coach Kyle, who returned the stare for a second before it became uncomfortable. Marquis let one fly from near mid- c

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Der Jurastudent Kyle McAvoy wird von Unbekannten gezwungen als Spion einen Job in der Riesenkanzlei „Scully&Pershing“ in New York City anzunehmen, die derzeit den größten Wirtschaftsprozess in der Geschichte führt. Das Druckmittel der Erpresser ist ein fünf Jahre altes Video auf dem zwei Kommilitonen von Kyle Sex mit einer betrunkenen Frau haben, die sie später der Vergewaltigung beschuldigte. Da Kyle eine Nebenrolle in diesem für seine noch nicht begonnene Karriere gefährdenden Video spielt, wird Kyle genötigt auf die Erpressung einzugehen.
John Grisham erzählt Kyles Geschichte sehr glaubhaft und detailliert, wobei er auf Kyles Dilemma und die damit verbundenen Folgen gut eingeht.
Dennoch sind die Hintergrunderzählungen und Nebenerzählungen von „The Associate“ teilweise sehr langatmig und auch der Schluss war etwas enttäuschend, da die genauen Hintergründe nicht geklärt werden und noch einiges offen bleibt, das man als Leser doch gerne erfahren hätte.
Dennoch schafft Grisham mit „The Associate“ einen spannenden, unvorhersehbaren Plot rund um Erpressung, Vergewaltigung und Machtkämpfen in der amerikanischen Wirtschaft, der immer wieder neue Abgründe offenbart, so dass sich die gesamte Handlung zu einem durchwegs fesselnden Abenteuer entwickelt.

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