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The Firm by John Grisham

The Firm (1991)

by John Grisham

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    The Associate by John Grisham (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both books involve lawyers that end up in large firms and are asked to do questionable things within their legal duties. Both main characters struggle with their ethics and come up with a solution.
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    False Witness by Randy D. Singer (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both books are legal thrillers. Both deal with a lawyer/law student in an ethical dilemma and show how he/she gets around it by using the law to his/her advantage.
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Grisham classic...one of the best ever. You won't put this book down. It captures you and you'll struggle to put the book down and go to bed! New Harvard law grad gets an offer too good to be true and he's faced with the decision of his life time. Great characters,now for the movie! ( )
  buffalogr | Apr 19, 2019 |
Great narrator! ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Apr 12, 2019 |
This was one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Grisham is not my normal fare, I only read it because one of my challenge prompts was “a legal or medical thriller”. Since I have never read either, I picked the most famous one. I could not put it down! Grisham’s ability to build the tension up slowly until the exciting final push and resolution is amazing. Man-hunts, gun fights, close escapes are pretty standard fare in action thrillers, but making file copying into a nail-biting scene - that takes talent. Kudos, Mr. Grisham. ( )
  Gezemice | Mar 8, 2019 |
I almost didn't make it past page 22. The descriptions of the law firm recruiting the main character were cringe-worthy but, I suppose, its conditions were the ideal back in the day (if you're a white guy). And while I didn't particularly like any of the characters either, except maybe Tammy Hemphill (was she stolen from the pages of a Mickey Spillane novel?), the story was a good read even if the ending was predictable. ( )
  MicheleBW | Jan 30, 2019 |
The writing was taut, exciting, thrilling! ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
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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

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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)

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