Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Firm by John Grisham

The Firm (1991)

by John Grisham

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
7,94966411 (3.73)75
20th century (20) action (17) American (30) crime (96) crime fiction (27) ebook (19) fiction (854) Grisham (57) John Grisham (45) law (126) law firms (20) lawyers (93) legal (134) legal fiction (52) legal thriller (177) made into movie (25) mafia (25) Memphis (37) movie (27) mystery (242) novel (89) organized crime (23) own (26) paperback (34) read (126) Roman (22) suspense (146) Tennessee (22) thriller (347) USA (24)
  1. 00
    Startup by Glenn Ogura (Mark-L)
    Mark-L: Authors have very similar styles. Love them both!
  2. 01
    The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer (micalbi)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 75 mentions

English (59)  Spanish (3)  Dutch (3)  Italian (1)  All languages (66)
Showing 1-5 of 59 (next | show all)
God Bless Wikipedia.
I made it to Chapter 29 and I was just, like, "I know how this is going to end. This asswipe ..." So I looked on Wikipedia to see how the book ended and sure enough!! Just as I suspected!

I *hate* Mitch. I mean, really hate Mitch. I stopped reading because the book doesn't end with him have cement boots made and being tossed into the river in Chicago -- that would have been a fantastic ending! I really hate Mitch.

Aside from Mitch, may I call him Mitch?, reading this book today -- 2014 -- is like reading a comedy. It is freakin' hilarious! Mitch's student loans amounted to $24,000 ... that's what 1 semester cost me! And he went to Harvard! He sold his life away for $24,000! And a Colonial Cottage! With carport! There's also an abundance of chain smoking, everywhere, and drinking and driving. The drinking and driving I found really comical. Is drunk driving a new thing? I can't remember ...

Regardless. SO GLAD I don't have to read anymore of this godforsaken book!

Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | Apr 17, 2014 |
Great fast read lots of twists and turns. Exciting ending. ( )
  fionalola | Oct 24, 2013 |
SUMMARY: At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way.テつテつThe firm leased him a BMW, paid off his schoolテつテつloans, arranged a mortgage and hired him aテつテつdecorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what hisテつテつbrother Ray -- doing fifteen years in a Tennesseeテつテつjail -- already knew. You never get nothing forテつテつnothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch'sテつテつfirm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between aテつテつrock and a hard place, with no choice -- if heテつテつwants to live.From the Hardcover edition. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This was my first Grisham, and I fell in love. At the time it was the best suspense book ever for me. ( )
  shesinplainview | Aug 6, 2013 |
This one was my second Grisham, the first being The Chamber and both being Legal thrillers by the same author, I can't help, but draw parallels and contrasts between the two books. The plot for The Firm was more shocking and incredible, and the book read more like an Ian Fleming novel. While The Chamber had a young lawyer trying to save his grandfather, the scale of this story was grand.

Now a similarity between the two books, and I am afraid it isn't flattering - despite the fact that both books are totally centred on the main character at the expense of sacrificing the other characters, the characters lack the ability to draw you in, to get you emotionally attached, vested, to the fate of the character and the story. They are very impersonal with superficial emotions, you know how they think, but not how they feel.

A decent read all things considered and I wouldn't mind reading some more Grisham in future.

3/5 ( )
  PiyushC | Jul 30, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 59 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (24 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Grishamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ruuska, IrmeliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Renee
First words
The senior partner studied the rテゥsumテゥ for the hundredth time and again found nothing he disliked about Mitchell Y. McDeere, at least not on paper.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 044021145X, Mass Market Paperback)

Hard to believe, but there was a time when the word "lawyer" wasn't synonymous with "criminal," and the idea of a law firm controlled by the Mafia was an outlandish proposition. This intelligent, ensnaring story came out of nowhere--Oxford, Mississippi, where Grisham was a small-town lawyer--and quickly catapulted to the top of the bestseller list, with good reason. Mitch McDeere, the appealing hero, is a poor kid whose only assets are a first-class mind, a Harvard law degree, and a beautiful, loving wife. When a Memphis law firm makes him an offer he really can't refuse, he trades his old Nissan for a new BMW, his cramped apartment for a house in the best part of town, and puts in long hours finding tax shelters for Texans who'd rather pay a lawyer than the IRS. Nothing criminal about that. He'd be set for life, if only associates at the firm didn't have a funny habit of dying, and the FBI wasn't trying to get Mitch to turn his colleagues in. The tempo and pacing are brilliant, the thrills keep coming, and the finish has a wonderful ironic flourish. It's not hard to see why Grisham changed the genre permanently with this one, and few of his colleagues in a very crowded field come close to equaling him. --Jane Adams

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:21:03 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDerre signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray, doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail, already knew. You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice, if he wants to live.… (more)

» see all 13 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.73)
1 28
1.5 7
2 114
2.5 40
3 505
3.5 122
4 684
4.5 63
5 388


Six editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 91,510,074 books! | Top bar: Always visible