Thursday, January 29, 2009

John Grisham Discusses His New Legal Thriller, The Associate

's latest legal thriller, The Associate, was published this week with the author giving his first ever blog-based interviews to two organizations. (Alas, Mystery Books News was not one of them.)

On Above the Law, he notes that legal blogs where associates anonymously post their stories were a source of research for The Associate, his 22nd novel and a sequel of sorts to The Firm.

And on the Law Blog of the Wall Street Journal, Grisham discusses the business of law, the inspiration for his books, and controversial figures in the news today.

The Associate is Kyle McAvoy, a young man who grew up in his father’s small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential.

But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn’t want—even though it’s a job most law students can only dream about.

Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.

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