Thursday, August 3, 2017

Black Jacket Hack Job #21 - "The Partner"

By Cheryl Oreglia

I have been avoiding all non obligational things this summer, especially reading and writing, not unlike the protagonist in John Grisham's best selling novel The Partner, minus the ninety million dollars. 
My summer objective was to lounge around the vast recesses of my mind, drenched in memories, with utterly no expectations. This is my chosen form of escape and let me just say it's not going well.
My sister suggested I read something fun, I believe she used the words for pleasure, pounding her fist on the coffee table for emphasis, "read this and maybe hit the shower this week."
She spilled my coffee with all her zeal. See, I would rather sit here watching a ring form on the dark wood then leave the comfort of my "housecoat." That's normal. Right?
She threw a worn copy of John Grisham's "criminally entertaining," novel The Partner at my head. Arizona Daily Star claims "compulsively readable." I was able to catch it was alarming finesse for someone my age. We'll consider that a sign.
Now these are rather weighty accusations as to the readability of this novel and I believe someone should substantiate these claims. 
I carried the book around for two days like one of those beloved miniature chihuahua's before opening the first page. The first chapter was quite a jolt and I was hooked like a big old catfish. It happens. 
I suppose the attractiveness of a story has much to do with the interests of the reader. So...avoidance queen, coffee addict, no expectations kind of girl was unexpectedly caught in the Grisham web.
If you only read romance or horror, do yourself a favor, and browse through a Grisham novel. There's an entire exegesis on torture, a complicated trail of betrayal, deep dark secrets, torent lovers, grieving mom's, sleazy senators, and way to many lawyers. He must of been in the middle of a law suit when he wrote this book. 
I'll skip all the flowery language, subtle nuances, and intellectual wit. Here's the short version.
Fat lawyer, good mind, bad marriage, trusted, slipped out of town with ninety million dollars, "now they don't want justice - they want revenge." Poor Patrick is found, tortured, tried, but there's a twist, as unexpected as a double yolk. That's a clue.
This book is so good I'm planning on re-gifting at the next wedding I'm invited to. (That should curb the invitations)
The ending is worthy but you're not going to like it. Just sayin.

What have you got your nose stuck in this summer? Do tell. 

Living in the Gap, drop in some time. 


Carrie Beckort said...

It's been many years since I've read a Grisham novel. I'll have to dust one off sometime. And you are right - it's totally normal to want to remain in your housecoat all the time (or in my case my comfy pjs). My favorite days are pajama days... :)

Cheryl Oreglia said...

Carrie, I don't think I've ever read a Grisham novel, but my sister said she couldn't put it down, and she was right. My husband was ready to toss the book out the window when I kept a light on until 2:00 am so I could keep reading! I might pick another one up. What was your favorite read this summer?

Carrie Beckort said...

I've had to stop reading in bed because it keeps me up way too late! I need sleep :) I'd have to say my favorite read this summer was Big Little Lies. I wasn't sure how it would go - I'm often disappointed in books that are hyped up, but I really did enjoy it. Now I just have to watch the series.

Cheryl Oreglia said...

I read the book and watched the series, neither disappointed!

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