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The Partner
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The Partner
A Novel
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm—and ran for his life.
For four years, he evaded men who were rich and powerful, and who would stop at nothing to find him. Then, inevitably, on the edge of the Brazilian jungle, they finally tracked him down.
Now Patrick is coming home. And in the Mississippi city where it all began, an extraordinary trial is about to begin. As prosecutors circle like sharks, as Patrick’s lawyer prepares his defense, as Patrick’s lover prays for his deliverance and his former partners wait for their revenge, another story is about to emerge. Because Patrick Lanigan, the most reviled white-collar criminal of his time, knows something that no one else in the world knows. He knows the truth.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm—and ran for his life.
For four years, he evaded men who were rich and powerful, and who would stop at nothing to find him. Then, inevitably, on the edge of the Brazilian jungle, they finally tracked him down.
Now Patrick is coming home. And in the Mississippi city where it all began, an extraordinary trial is about to begin. As prosecutors circle like sharks, as Patrick’s lawyer prepares his defense, as Patrick’s lover prays for his deliverance and his former partners wait for their revenge, another story is about to emerge. Because Patrick Lanigan, the most reviled white-collar criminal of his time, knows something that no one else in the world knows. He knows the truth.

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  • Chapter One They found him in Ponta PorÒ, a pleasant little town in Brazil, on the border of Paraguay, in a land still known as the Frontier.

    They found him living in a shaded brick house on Rua Tiradentes, a wide avenue with trees down the center and barefoot boys dribbling soccer balls along the hot pavement.

    They found him alone, as best they could tell, though a maid came and went at odd hours during the eight days they hid and watched.

    They found him living a comfortable life but certainly not one of luxury.  The house was modest and could've been owned by any local merchant.  The car was a 1983 Volkswagen Beetle, manufactured in Sao Paulo with a million others.  It was red and clean, polished to a shine.  Their first photo of him was snapped as he waxed it just inside the gate to his short driveway.

    They found him much thinner, down considerably from the two hundred and thirty pounds he'd been carrying when last seen.  His hair and skin were darker, his chin had been squared, and his nose had been slightly pointed.  Subtle changes to the face.  They'd paid a steep bribe to the surgeon in Rio who'd performed the alterations two and a half years earlier.

    They found him after four years of tedious but diligent searching, four years of dead ends and lost trails and false tips, four years of pouring good money down the drain, good money chasing bad, it seemed.

    But they found him.  And they waited.  There was at first the desire to snatch him immediately, to drug him and smuggle him to a safe house in Paraguay, to seize him before he saw them or before a neighbor became suspicious.  The initial excitement of the finding made them consider a quick strike, but after two days they settled down and waited.  They loitered at various points along Rua Tiradentes, dressed like the locals, drinking tea in the shade, avoiding the sun, eating ice cream, talking to the children, watching his house.  They tracked him as he drove downtown to shop, and they photographed him from across the street as he left the pharmacy.  They eased very near him in a fruit market and listened as he spoke to the clerk.  Excellent Portuguese, with the very slight accent of an American or a German who'd studied hard.  He moved quickly downtown, gathering his goods and returning home, where he locked the gate behind him.  His brief shopping trip yielded a dozen fine photos.

    He had jogged in a prior life, though in the months before he disappeared his mileage shrunk as his weight ballooned.  Now that he teetered on the brink of emaciation, they were not surprised to see him running again.  He left his house, locking the gate behind him, and began a slow trot down the sidewalk along Rua Tiradentes.  Nine minutes for the first mile, as the street went perfectly straight and the houses grew farther apart.  The pavement turned to gravel on the edge of town, and halfway into the second mile his pace was down to eight minutes a mile and Danilo had himself a nice sweat.  It was midday in October, the temperature near eighty, and he gained speed as he left town, past a small clinic packed with young mothers, past a small church the Baptists had built.  The roads became dustier as he headed for the countryside at seven minutes a mile.

    The running was serious business, and it pleased them mightily.  Danilo would simply run into their arms.


    The day after the first sighting, a small unclean cottage on the edge of Ponta Porã was rented...
About the Author-
  • John Grisham is the author of forty-seven consecutive #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Judge's List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.
     
    Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.
     
    When he's not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system.
     
    John lives on a farm in central Virginia.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 24, 1997
    Money is essentially the principal character in Grisham's new thriller. It is a very large sum of it-$90 million, to be exact-that has motivated Gulf Coast lawyer Patrick Lanigan to concoct a scheme to disappear that is even more elaborate (if less convincing) than the one in the recent The Big Picture. It is money that drove a crooked defense contractor to try to pry loose a huge sum from Washington, and got Patrick's greedy law firm involved in the first place. And it is varying sums of money that enable Patrick to bribe his way out of a collection of indictments against him a yard long-including one for first-degree murder-when he is eventually found in his Brazilian hideaway and brought back to the U.S. to face the music. Already, at the end of The Runaway Jury, Grisham was displaying his fascination with the techniques of moving huge sums rapidly around the world, and here it becomes a key plot device. Even when tortured by his captors, Patrick can say he doesn't know where the money is, because only his Brazilian lover, fellow lawyer Eva Miranda, really knows-and no one knows where she is. To call the plot of The Partner mechanical is at least partly a compliment: it is well-oiled, intricate and works smoothly. But its cynicism is remorseless: Lanigan is hardly a hero to warm to, despite his ingenuity (he puts on a lot of weight before his disappearance, just so he can take it off later and look altogether different). He is all calculation, and when it seems, at the end, as if someone has double-crossed him too, it is difficult to muster any sympathy. In Grisham's world money rules, and it is a sign of weakness to ignore its power. Not that the author is likely to do so, anyway; every indication is that his latest will rake it in once again. 2.8 million first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book club and Mystery Guild main selections; simultaneous audio.

  • Entertainment Weekly
    "One terrific book--smart, fast, stingingly satiric, and almost criminally entertaining."
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