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Author: John Grisham / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      10.07.2012 21:04
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      I really enjoy reading and was looking through my Dad's huge collection of books when I came across The Firm, written by John Grisham. I liked what I read on the back of the book so decided to give it a read. It was that good that less then two weeks later, I have now finished it. John Grisham John Grisham was born on the 8th February 1955 in Arkansas. He graduated from Law School in 1981 and then practised law for over a decade. He wrote his first book in 1987 called A Time to Kill and has continued to release number one bestsellers from here on. About The Book This book had me hooked after reading the first couple of chapters. It is also fairly educational, as John Grisham practised law for 10 years, so he obviously has a great amount of knowledge on how the law business works and you get a very interesting insight whilst reading this book. The story is centred around Mitch McDeere and his wife Abbey. Mitch is fresh out of law school and finished 3rd in his class at Harvard Law School. All the top law firms are trying to tempt Mitch to work for him, offering him large amounts of money he chooses to take up employment with them. Mitch eventually decides to join a small, 41 man firm in Memphis called Bendini, Lambert and Locke after they offer him a deal he finds hard to refuse. Upon joining this firm, Mitch would be paid $80,000 a year with regular increases, as well as the firm supplying him with a brand new BMW, a low rate mortgage and clearing his student debts. Mitch comes from a poor background and is extremely pleased with himself for managing to secure such a great offer and himself and Abbey move to Memphis to start their new life, and for Mitch to start his new job. Mitch settles in well to his job and is often reminded by his colleagues that this company will look after him so well, and that they are like one big happy family. Shortly after Mitch takes up employment with Bendini, Lambert and Butler he is informed by the partners of the firm that two up and coming partners have been tragically killed in a boating accident. A few day later, Mitch is approached by an FBI agent who informs Mitch that they have been watching the firm for years and believe that they are dealing with dirty money. He informs Mitch that they need help from the inside to try and shut the firm down. Mitch has his suspicions about the firm, for example, in 15 years no employee has ever left the law firm to seek employment elsewhere, but 5 members have died in tragic accidents. Mitch would like to remain loyal to the firm and would like to believe that everything is as it should be... but will his meetings with the FBI change his mind? Would Mitch rather continue working with a Law Firm that could be dodgy or risk being caught by the FBI years later if he decides not to help them and stay loyal to the firm?? I will not say too much more about the plot here as I do not want to spoil the story for anyone. All I can say is that this book certainly had me hooked. You are left wondering if Mitch believes the FBI agents as he is reassured by the firm that the FBI are always trying to scare their new members of the firm. The plot of this book kept me guessing the whole way through, you had to keep reading as you were desperate to find out the next part of the story. Each character is well developed and you get to learn about them as a person, especially Abbey and Mitch and can relate to how they are both feeling throughout the book as different events happen. Grisham has a fantastic writing style, very descriptive and on some occasions, you can even imagine yourself in some of the places as he described them so well. His inside knowledge of the practise of law shines through in his writing style and I particularly like this as I felt it was slightly more than just a story as I actually learnt quite a bit whilst I was reading the book. Summary I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. I especially like this book because although the practise of law is described in great detail throughout the book, it is written in layman's terms and there is no technical jargon which means the book is easy to follow, and with a plot that keeps you guessing the whole way through, it is certainly worth a read.

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        31.05.2010 17:24
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        a good legal thriller from John Grisham

        When it comes to reading books, I usually turn towards chick lit, however with nothing left in the house I wanted to read, I grabbed a copy of The Firm from my partner's book pile. I used to read Grisham years ago, but I cannot remember much about what I read, so I started this book with a completely open mind. Mitch McDeere is just about to graduate from Harvard as a lawyer, and is looking for his first job. With offers from all the big firms, why is he considering an offer from a small law firm in Memphis? The money and package they offer are why Mitch is giving them serious consideration. With a starting salary higher than any of the large firms, a new BMW, low mortgage on the house of his choice, it really couldn't get any better for Mitch and his wife Abby, who have struggled through the last few years whilst Mitch has been studying. Once Mitch starts at the tax lawyers firm, he is very impressed with the quality of treatment given to him. He knows hard work is required but he doesn't mind that. It's a shame that the week before he started two lawyers were killed in a tragic accident, but he tries not to let that change the excitement he feels for his new job. That is until he is confronted by an agent in the FBI who warms Mitch about his employers. Mitch doesn't know what to think, but even after talking to his employers, there is a slight doubt in his mind. Five employees of the firm have died in fifteen years, and no one ever leaves for another job. Something doesn't sit right with Mitch, and it doesn't take long for him to work out that he's being followed everywhere he goes. Despite all this Mitch still works as hard as he ever has. Not quite sure what's happening, but clever enough to know that something isn't right, Mitch does a bit of digging, and needless to say doesn't like what he finds. For me this is where the story starts. We take quite a long time learning about the background of the firm, about Mitch and then it quickly takes a new turn when Mitch starts to fear for his and his wife's life. We follow Mitch as he has to make the right decisions to help himself and his family. Will he help the FBI or stick by the firm? The last 100 or so pages are spread over a few days, but there is a lot of information for the reader to take in. This is the part of the book where you really have to follow the words and it helps to be able to concentrate on it. I thought the storyline was good, made a lot of sense, and was easy to follow. There was one major flaw at the end of the book that I read twice, and wondered how Grisham managed to just brush over a couple of facts. However saying that the book has a good ending and I haven't let a couple of minor facts ruin the storyline for me. I am off to find some more by Grisham now. Price: £5.89 (Amazon) ISBN: 978-0099830009 Published: 1998

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          03.07.2009 19:05

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          A book that makes you sit up and take notice

          This was the first John Grisham novel i read and i have been hooked on his writing ever since. Mitchell McDeere is the newly qualified lawyer who graduates third in his class. Amongst all the job offers that pour in Mitch takes one from a small highly thought of law firm. The deal on offer includes almost double the salary, a BMW and a low interest mortgage. Along with his new wife he thinks he has it made. Thats before he discovers the firm is built on the work they do for the mob. Grisham has built a great story around the basics of a young would be lawyer joining his first firm. The book quickly takes the reader fromm a young couple full of hope to a desperate couple trying to save their lives as well as remain free from the authorities. the sequence of events the book takes is both intelligent and engrossing. Grisham has used his in depth knowledge of the legal system to good affect. The story move at a frightening pace and the intelligence of the main character shows through. This all due to Grishams unique writing style. This is one of the few books i can say that i have read more than once. In fact it was so good, that as soon as i finished it, i read again to make sure i had not missed anything the first time. Once the firm gets its hooks into you there is no shaking it free untill you turn the last page.

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          17.02.2009 21:34
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          A must read Legal fiction

          The Firm Author: John Grisham No. of Pages: 501 John Ray Grisham, formerly a criminal defense attorney is a graduate of Missisipi State University and Ole Miss Law School, he has also served two terms in the Mississipi House of representatives. His novels include A Time to Kill ,The Client,The Appeal, The Associate - 17 fiction novels in all , most of them Legal fictions. Many of his books have been made into successful films .. He lives with his wife and two children on a farm near Oxford, where he generally works on a new novel. The Firm was John Grishams second novel. It is fast faced and keeps the readers hooked from the creepy first chapter to the vise tightening mid sections and on to the Take the money and run Finale ....LOL The story:- ~~~~~~~ The Firm is the story of Mitch , a brilliant lawyer and the firm which made him an offer he should have refused.. Mitch McDeere was at the top of his class at Harvard law and he had his choice of the best jobs in America. He was in great demand, and he gets a job offer from a relatively small law firm called Bendini Lambert & Locke of Memphis , built by an aggressive tax lawyer named Anthony Bendini. Memphis was the last place Mitch and his wife Abigail wanted to be in, but, that was until he decided to go for an interview with the Managing Partners of the Firm; and then he began to change his opinions about the firm. He seriously thought that joining the firm would be the best thing for him and his beautiful wife Abby. The Firm leased him a BMW car, and paid off his study loans, they even arranged a mortgage for his new home and hired a decorator. But Mitch and Abby began to develop uneasy feelings about the whole affair. There were early indications that the firm was going to take over their lives. They kept remembering Mitch's brother Ray's words ( Ray was doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail) - ' You never get nothing for nothing'. Even as days pass with Mitch working for 20 hours a day and hardly spending time with Abby unease grew. When Wayne Tarranne, special agent , FBI, spoke to Mitch and warned him about the firm and told him that there were suspicions about the recent deaths of two of the firm's employees, Mitch begins to do some re thinking .. Mitch is caught in a whirlpool and in more trouble from all sides when he begins to do some investigations of his own. He realises that he is caught between unknown fears with no choice and that both his and Abby's lives were in danger.. Now they both had to use up all their mental resources to stay one step ahead and more importantly stay alive ! My Views about The Firm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story was a sizzler right from the opening pages , even as Mitch is about to be interviewed and the Managing partners are sizing him up in their chambers, one can get the tingling sensation. This carries through as the interview progresses and they hook him with their irresistible offers. As I read , I could feel Mitch's growing uneasiness which he fails to express to his wife Abby, whereas she is herself feeling the same. But they both ignore these warnings and Mitch goes ahead and joins The Firm. Grisham's style of writing is unique, different. He keeps the readers totally hooked but it is not the fast paced heady action that one gets used to in Ludlum's or Foresythe's books. However the story as it unfolds keeps you interested throughout. The suspense is very well kept, just when i thought that I had it all figured out, I realised that I was wrong. It is a clever way of misleading the readers which only makes one all the more curious about the plot. After a while ,even after you come to know exactly what the story is and the suspense is, you are still as interested to know how it is going to end. The best part about reading these suspense thrillers is the Geographical knowkedge that you gain. You get to read about some really exotic places that one may never have heard of. I make it a point to look up these places on the net and in most cases I find the information given is authentic. In this novel I learnt about yet another place called Cayman Islands consisting of 3 islands - Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac and the capital city is George Town. A lot of action in the novel takes place in this place and in fact it is the focal point for the story. I have noted it down in my list of places to visit before i die :) The Firm has been made into a successful film with Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter and others in the lead

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            06.05.2008 22:12
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            The Firm - John Grisham's second novel

            The Firm is the second novel from the award winning legal thriller writer John Grisham. It has been adapted into a film, and remains one of his better novels. The Plot Mitch McDeere is a hotshot law student graduating at the top of his class. He lands a job with the top law firm in Memphis, but also lands himself in a whole heap of trouble. Bendini, Lambert & Locke is a law firm at the top of its peers, but the FBI are after them for something, and their best way in is through Mitch. With both sides using Mitch's brother Ray, residing in prison, as leverage, the young lawyer must make a stand, but on which side of the law? My Opinion Grisham is very good at putting his lead characters between a rock and a hard place. Here, the character development of Mitch McDeere is very well done, from hot shot law student on top of the world, to a panicked young man scared for his own life. Grisham does not top A Time To Kill, his first novel, but he does cement his position as a top author, showing with a very good second novel that the brilliance of his first was no fluke. His writing is flowing and easy to read, and the words roll through effortlessly, and I find the raw talent on show here amazing once more. The Firm is not as good as A Time To Kill, but it is still an excellent novel. Conclusion Brilliant second novel. I rate this book at 5 stars out of 5. The book is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.99. This review may also be posted on ciao.co.uk. Thanks for reading.

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              10.07.2001 05:29
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              Before I start this review, I should tell you I'm terrible at book reviews so don't slate me for it! This is the first John Grisham book I read and have yet to see the film. I did it for my Higher English RPR so am a bit tired of writing about it so this review is short and sweet. Mitch McDeere is a young lawyer who takes a job with a small, respected law firm in Memphis. Little does he know the law firm are a front for the mafia until an FBI agent approaches him. The firm start tracking him when they hear about this, but Mitch agrees a deal with the FBI to supply them info in return for loadsa money and safety. However, the firm find out about this and try to kill Mitch (boo, hiss). McDeere doesn't trust the FBI anymore and flees to the coast of Florida, where the Mafia and the FBI want him. He escapes to the Caymans with his wife and brother (hooray) and lives happily ever after. The firm are all arrested. Great book, I will try and do a better review soon.

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                20.06.2001 19:56
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                ''The Firm'' was the first book by John Grisham that I had ever read. I have since read nearly all of his others, and, after a recent reread, this still remains my favorite of the bunch. ''The Firm'' is about a young lawyer named Mitch McDeere. Mitch is graduation in the top five from Harvard's law school, and could have his pick of any number of large, prestigious law firms in which to set up his practice. Then along comes Bendini, Lambert, and Locke, a small firm located in Memphis, Tennessee. This firm is desperate for Mitch's services. They throw a huge salary, a new car, and so many other benefits in Mitch's face that he'd be foolish not to accept. So he does. It turns out that Mitch's foolish action is the acceptance of the offer. Mitch is soon approached by the FBI. They tell him that his house was bugged by the firm and that the two lawyers that died in a mysterious boating accident were actually killed by the firm. Then they drop the shocker--Mitch's firm is the sole legal counsel for the Mafia, and the FBI wants Mitch to help them from the inside to bust the firm and therefore the Mafia. The characters are powerful and well-developed; the story-line is filled with lots of detail and the sub-plots are interesting and lead to the overall excellence of this book. In the book, Mitch is less superhuman and more realistic guy. His wife behaves as a typical wife whose husband is gone 18 hours a day would, and he pays the consequences. His plan of action doesn't proceed flawlessly.So this book is rather believable. ''The Firm'' is a quick and interesting read. One page has a way of dissolving into the next, and you can feel Mitch's despair and confusion right along with him. I highly recommend it to anyone with even a remote interest in the law.

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                  05.05.2001 02:17
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                  Like millions of people I have seen the film that was made from this book, and I am so glad that I read the book first. This was the first book I ever read by John Grisham, who is a 40 year old ex lawyer from Mississippi, and I have been a fan ever since. His name is now so well known, he is allegedly becoming one of the most read authors in the world. Legal thrillers seem to have taken over from spy novels, and lawyers like Grisham give more factual based stories than have been offered in the past. Anyway, back to the story. Mitch McDeere is the main character. He is a cocky law graduate who has numerous law firms bidding to acquire his talents. He is eventually seduced by a very generous firm from Memphis whose offer seems too good to be true. Bendini, Lambert and Locke seem like one big happy family, and just the place Mitch wants to start his career. As you progress through the story, which I did quickly as I did not want to put the book down, you discover that the law firm is actually run by the Mafia, and the employees of "The Firm" become involved in seedy deals, and questionable practices. They also become privvy to knowledge that means they must stay loyal to The Firm, and if they choose to leave, they will do so in a casket, as there is too much to loose. Mitch is approached by The FBI, who are trying to get inside information to confirm their suspicions. This is when Mitch needs to decide who poses the greatest risk. Is it The FBI and the threat of prosecution, or the Mafia, and their threat of death? Mmmm hard choice! Grisham is able to set the right atmosphere, and carry the story in a way you understand the practices, as he does not use jargon. The conclusion is not what I expected, but then that is the sign of a good book to me. I was disappointed with the film version, as there were lots of subplots added, and although I am a Tom Cruise fan, I always had the picture of someone l ike Christian Slater in the lead role. If you have never read any Grisham, try this first, and then find yourself hooked.

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                    05.03.2001 18:27
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                    I had seen the film and I usually cannot read a book after I have seen the film, but this was different. Although it followed the same lines as the film it was more complex in the reading and understanding of the law and how it was used by Mitch to get round the fact he was part of a huge empire of crooked lawyers. It is about a young lawyer name Mitch that comes from a poor background but will finish in the top 5 at Harvard studying law. He is headhunted by a firm of lawyers in Memphis and is offered exceptional wages a low mortgage and a BMW. This he accepts and his Abby and Mitch join this firm where as a rookie he works long hours. Just as he starts with the firm two of the associates are killed in a accident, but this was no accident it was the mob getting rid of them as they knew to much. Mitch is then pursued by the FBI to get him to turn enough evidence over to them to convict the company layers and the mob. It races on from then on with Mitch not knowing what to do for the best if he doesn't help the FBI he we eventually get prosecuted himself, if he leave the mob will take him out and if he helps the FBI he has to change his life for ever and go under the witness protection scheme or can he find another route to freedom?

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                      28.12.2000 03:40

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                      The Firm Mitch McDeere was a bright young lawyer that had worked hard to be the best during law school. He knew what it was like to struggle for money all the way through and so he couldn't believe it when he landed a top job, a top spec mercedes car and a beautiful home........... All is not as it seems though as this prestigious firm is linked to the mafia. As the new boy on the team the FBI hope that Mitch will helpto finally bring this firm down. Mitch decides to gave it a try so he enlists the help of his brother Ray and his criminal contacts in order to succeed with his plan..... This story is filled with none stop action, twists and turns, just like any good Grisham book. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and is the type of book that you will find hard to put down and just like any good crime novel, just as you think you have worked it all out.......... there is a final twist in the tail.

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                      26.08.2000 06:19
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                      Definetly read the book over the film. This is a great book, it moves along quickly, but not too fast like the film. It takes a good while to set the story, to establish the characters so that you actually know them. He sets it up well, the twists and turns in the book are totally unexpected and very exciting. When the action gets going, it is very fast paced, and it becomes very hard to put the book down. The ending isn't the ending I expected, but the good guy wins, and wins well. Thats all I can say. I'm glad I read this book.

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                      This was the first John Grisham book I bought and is my favourite out of the eleven he has wrote. Based around a poor law student called Mitch McDeere who is struggling to make ends meet whilst finishing his law degree. He is given what he thinks is the chance of a lifetime at a prestigious law firm in memphis, which is actually a firm linked to the Chicago mafia. Mitch and his wife Abigail move to a new house, have a new mercedes car, a six figure salary and all seems great, little do they know that the Firm is watching them! The action is none stop and a great paced thriller which is one of those unputdownable books, which you want to keep turning over the next page. The main characters blend well around McDeere especially his brother Ray and the FBI agents. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced thriller with lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending.

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                      29.06.2000 03:45
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                      This was my first encounter with Grisham, and I read the book, on consecutive nights, for about 5 days. The Firm had me gripped from it's first chapter and proved how knowledgable Grisham is about Law. It is complex, human and addictive as a read and has surprises around every corner. Grisham's knowledge of law blows your mind. His grasp of language and ability to captivate an audience is to be admired. If you're new to Grisham, The Firm is a great starting point, because... once you've read it, you'll be back to the bookshop begging for more.

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                      23.06.2000 19:11

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                      A suspenseful and intriguing book about a remote law firm in Memphis Tennessee, called Bendini, Lambert, & Locke which the FBI suspects of dealing with illegitimate money. The main character of the story, Mitch McDeere a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, is the top recruited graduate in the country. Mitch has been sought by all of the top law firms around the United States. The firm that caught his attention was the tiny, forty-one-lawyer firm that offered unbelievable benefits to their new recruits. He would receive a new BMW, an extremely low mortgage rate, his student loans would be paid off, and the firm would finance his new house. For Mitch McDeere this sounded too good to be true, because before all of this wealth, he was living in poverty. He starts off at the firm, and things are going great until two soon to be partners, Marty Kozinski and Joe Hodge were killed in a very suspicious diving accident in the Cayman Islands. The investigators looking into the killings think that this was no accident. Soon, FBI agents, who tell Mitch they have been watching the firm, approach him. They believe the firm is handling illegal and illegitimate money, and the FBI wants Mitch to help them shut the firm down. I loved this book because the plot kept you wondering what was going to happen next. You always had to keep reading, because you needed to know what was going to happen with Mitch's situation. John Grisham really did a wonderful job developing the characters, because as the plot thickened you knew the characters well enough that you knew how they would react in different situations. The story is exciting, eventful, and the words are extremely descriptive so you can really get a good sense of what is going on. If you are a fan of John Grisham's or you like nail biting thrillers it is imperative that you read The Firm

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