By Enoch Lee
The Partner is a crime fiction written by John Grisham who once was a lawyer, but now he is a famous crime fiction writer. The book deals with a crime involves a huge amount of money and a battle between all kinds of people like lawyers, the FBI and a private investigator.
“Money” is always an essential part of our lives. You cannot live without money being part of your life. Using money wisely can lead to a successful life. Money can also make your life miserable. People love to have more and more money. This book seems like it just shows how people are eager to get more money and fight for it, but it is actually about how most of the people can’t be successful with huge amount of money.
Patrick is the main character of this book. He stole 90 million dollars from his partners from his firm and ran away from everyone by faking his own death. After a while, people started to search for Patrick and the stolen 90 million dollars.
First, throughout the book, Patrick explains how the four other partners in the firm were planning to earn so much money from an illegal business without him. Patrick heard the partners of the firm talking about it and recorded their conversations. Even though the four other partners were trying to hide the business, the new partner, Patrick, found out and that caused a huge trouble for them.
Because Patrick snatched the money and ran away.
The four partners were very excited to get millions of dollars and how their plan was going so smooth. Even Patrick died–they thought Patrick died. Until they realized that they didn’t receive the money. Huge amount of money, 90 million dollars, was involved in their business and it totally got ruined when they thought they had succeeded.
“Arica : I want the damned money, Charlie. I can feel it. I can taste it.”-pg 305 This is only a small part of one recording. It shows how they thought they were so close to getting that money.
Even worse thing can happen to them. Because Patrick also had the tapes and recordings of them talking about the illegal business, they can get arrested and go to jail. They are now in a big trouble. They had a great plan for the money, but they eventually failed. This shows how hard it is to be successful with big money.
Second, at least to find the 90 million dollars that they lost, they hired a private investigator, Jack Stephano, to find Patrick and the stolen 90 million. Stephano uses so much money and manpower to find Patrick. He finally finds him and starts to ask him questions. Because he doesn’t tell them where the money is, they starts to torture Patrick very badly and keeps him barely alive. “The shock was instant and horrific—hot bolts of current ripped into his flesh.”-page 27
This violent act was caused by the problematic 90 million dollars. Later on, Stephano gets into a trouble for doing this. Patrick sues the FBI for the torturing showing his horrible burns on his body. FBI obviously didn’t do this to Patrick, so they interrogates Jack Stephano for the torture. Stephano gets nothing for finding Patrick back to the world, but just gets into troubles. Jack Stephano just was involved in a big money hunt and just bad things keep happen to him.
Lastly, There were some other characters that didn’t chase the lost 90 million, but obsessed with just having more and more money. One of them is Patrick’s ex wife, Trudy. When Patrick faked his death, Trudy also faked her emotions and reactions. On the outside, she was very sad, but actually she was more interested in the death insurance money. When Patrick came back alive, Trudy really wanted to keep the insurance money that she immediately made a divorce document. There was even a rumor her now real husband that Lance was trying to murder Partrick to keep the money.
“Lance is in police custody. I think we should talk.”
“Lance has been trying to locate a hit man to take out your husband”
Their dirty plans didn’t work. Patrick was one step ahead of them. Lance got arrested for the attempted murder and a FBI agent came to talk to Trudy. Also, Patrick also showed them a very embarrassing photo of Trudy and Lance to make them be quiet. Trudy and Lance couldn’t do anything from that point. Even they who only wanted the 2 million dollars for the insurance money, failed their plan.
These people chased after huge amount of money and they all didn’t get to have the money.
This book teaches us a lesson in our life about money. It tells us that when a huge amount of money gets involved in anything in your life, it will not end up so well.
Patrick was the one who started this whole mess with the huge amount of money.
So, what will happen to him? Will he be able to protect himself from all the bad things happening to him? Or will he get into trouble?
Read the book to find out more.