The Partner

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: John Grisham
Narrator: Frank Muller
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: July 2007
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
Tell Your Friends:


They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well.

But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes.

From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more.

But they found him.

Reviews (20)

spell binding

Written by Anonymous on July 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

the author sucks you in. tosses you around like a rag doll. You do not see the ending coming. Wonderful book.

The Partner

Written by Lainey from Glendale, AZ on October 31st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book. Lots of suspense. I liked this as well as al the other books he has written. Ending leaves opening for 2nd book

The Partner

Written by betty from Ethel, AR on January 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked this book as I do most of Grisham's work, but I didn't like the ending. I had hoped for better things, but did enjoy his track to freedom.


Written by Mickey Way on November 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Sorry folks, but I found this one to be a dud. If you are looking for a really good "5 STAR" John Grisham story, I recommend "The Last Juror"?.

The Partner

Written by Pam from Long Beach, CA on June 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! I was fascinated with every turn of events. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, there's a twist. Great story, great narration, great writing!

The Partner

Written by Anonymous on April 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It is very unusualy for me not to finish a book. But, this book just seemed too cliche...the guy steals the money, gets the girl, runs away, gets caught and now the lawyers will brilliantly manipulate the system. Of course, I understand the ending is great but I just didn't want to spend the much time. Another thing that bothered me was that there was absolutely no remorse. The guy did commit a crime and steal the money. Although the ones he took it from are unlikeable, that's not a good enough reason to become a thief. And then, he wants to waste the taxpayers' resources by suing the FBI or whoever else he can find....what a sleeze.

surprised me

Written by Jay Salinger on March 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Most of the Grisham books I've read involve money, a girl, and freedom. Which will the main character win, and which will he lose? Sometimes there are nice trade-offs. With this book, I didn't see the ending coming.

the partner

Written by Paula Gutierrez on November 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

While this story dragged in portions, it was good in the end. If you are a Grisham fan, I recommend renting/buying this one.

The Partner

Written by Teresa from San Antonio on June 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

What I didn't like about this Audio presentation was the sudden burst of music during narration. I would be listening to the quite narration and in jumps music. Depending where I was (usually my car, it would momentarily distract me as I wondered where that noise was coming from. I only listened to the first CD so I cannot really comment on the story line.


Written by Anonymous on December 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This story was definitely entertaining and held my interest for the many hours I spend in the car. It just wasn't a "Wow" book like "Honeymoon" was -- you know, you just can't wait to get back to it or you sit in the car after you've arrived to listen to more.

Author Details

Author Details

Grisham, John

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.