The Partner – 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.
The Partner is another case of a decent plot taken from the wrong angle. First, here is a basic plot summary.
The story begins quickly in chapter one by introducing to us a man named Patrick Lanigan. He steals ninety million dollars from his law firm and proceeds to fake his own death – and takes off running. After four years in Brazil, where he hides, he is caught by American bounty hunters. Patrick is then turned over to the FBI.
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Originally published: 1997
Page count: 412
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Legal thriller, Legal Story