The Partner by John Grisham

John Grisham’s A running man casts a long shadowThe Partner is a riveting mystery story with a knock-your-socks-off ending.

The novel opens with the kidnapping and brutal interrogation of Danila Silva in a remote Brazilian town.

Silva’s real name is Patrick Lanigan. A former partner in a Biloxi law firm, he supposedly burned to death in a horrible car accident six weeks before a fortune was stolen from the law firm’s off-shore accounts.

His captors have spent four years and $3.5 million finding him.

What did Lanigan do that makes finding him worth that expenditure of time and money?

The interrogation doesn’t reveal where the money went, but it does alert the FBI to Lanigan’s whereabouts. They move in.

Lanigan hires an old pal from law school, Sandy McDermott, to represent him.

By showing the burn marks from the interrogation, Lanigan manages to get himself confined in a hospital room instead of a prison cell.

Despite his unpopularity with his former law partners and his “widow,” Lanigan has a lot of people who like him. The judge at Lanigan’s first court appearance drops by his hospital room for pizza.

Lanigan has planned his caper well,  but Grisham’s plotting of The Partner is even better.

The Partner by John Grisham.
Doubleday. ©1997. 366 p.
1997 bestseller. 1st place (tie)
my grade: A

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