Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Firm by John Grisham

The Firm (original 1991; edition 1991)

by John Grisham

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
8,81678341 (3.73)87
Title:The Firm
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Doubleday (1991), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 432 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

The Firm by John Grisham (1991)

Recently added byRena37, private library, Toetsemans, buzzdarin, rretzler, sci901, gigu60, Canyonhills
  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 87 mentions

English (70)  Spanish (4)  Dutch (3)  Italian (1)  All (78)
Showing 1-5 of 70 (next | show all)
3.5 stars ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Mitch McDeere (whom many may still envision as Tom Cruise, since he played in the role in the movie based on this novel) is a highly intelligent yet monetarily challenged law student finishing up his degree with high honors at Harvard. Holding serious offers from prestigious Chicago and Wall Street law firms for his services, he decides to go ahead and hear the pitch from a smaller law firm in Memphis. What he hears is an offer he cannot believe and cannot refuse. A starting salary significantly higher than he would make elsewhere, promises of large bonuses for passing the bar exam and succeeding on the job, an ascension to partner in as short a time as a decade, a new house with a miniscule mortgage rate, a brand new BMW, and other perks soon have Mitch and his wife Abby settling down in Memphis to enjoy a life of luxury (albeit with hard work on his part). The firm really seems to care about Mitch and his family, wanting happy marriages with several children, to a degree that has Abby a little suspicious. As she should be. This is a great and fairly easy read. Like most Grisham books, you will find yourself hooked to this book from the start. The ending is good, and you may even find yourself re-reading it sometime in the future. You will not be disappointed with this book. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Very suspenseful, kept my interest up. This book is "a real page turner." Grisham keeps one involved as you are able to experience the characters struggle between fear and moral decisions. ( )
  CathyWoolbright | Apr 20, 2016 |
Excellent story with a different ending than in the movie. I enjoyed the tactical decision making of Mitch McDeere. I liked the book much better than the movie. There is a lot of details that make sense in the book. The story is well thought out and artfully presented. ( )
  GlennBell | Apr 8, 2016 |
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 70 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (24 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Grishamprimary authorall editionscalculated
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 résumé 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 your language.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:05 -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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 13 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.73)
1 31
1.5 7
2 124
2.5 43
3 549
3.5 129
4 743
4.5 64
5 433


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

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 113,842,230 books! | Top bar: Always visible