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The Firm by John Grisham
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The Firm (1991)

by John Grisham

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Standard Grisham page-turner with a newby lawyer setting out to work at a firm that turns out be engaged in dirty dealings. Good suspense, but demands that we also suspend our belief at times. If you don't expect too much from Grisham, he delivers. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Grisham's second novel is just as good as his first. Still using lawyers to tell the tale, he weaves a completely different kind of story. An incredibly layered conspiracy story with twists and turns all the way through. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Enjoyed this very much. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
I had to start it a few times to get into it, but once that finally happened, I was hooked. Exciting for sure. ( )
  ER1116 | Jan 13, 2016 |
It's easy to see why this is one of the books that made Grisham an enormously popular writer. The suspense that ratchets up as the main character, a recent law school grad named Mitch, gradually realizes that he and his wife are in a seemingly impossible to escape from trap had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see how it would all end. At first Mitch and his wife think that all of their dreams for wealth and success have come true as he lands a job with a prestigious law firm in Memphis. Sure the hours are crazy but the Firm is so generous with helping it's employees get the house, car, and lifestyle that they've always wanted that Mitch doesn't think a thing about the former associates who have died in mysterious accidents at first. However when the FBI contacts him he begins to realize just how sinister the Firm really is.
If anyone hasn't read this classic of the legal suspense genre definitely spend a few hours with this one. Even though some aspects of it are a bit dated--such as how the female characters or portrayed--the time will fly as you'll want to read it as quickly as possible to find out how Mitch could possible escape. ( )
  debs4jc | Jan 11, 2016 |
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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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