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The Client (1993)

by John Grisham

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER ? In a weedy lot on the outskirts of Memphis, two  boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to the  curb....

Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chance encounter with a suicidal lawyer left Mark knowing  a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of  the most sought-after dead body in America.

Now Mark is caught between a legal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime. And his only ally is a woman named Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all of four years. Prosecutors are  willing to break all the rules to make Mark talk. The  mob will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. And  Reggie will do anything to protect her client??even take a last, desperate gamble that could win  Mark his freedom... or cost them both their  
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    Defending Jacob by William Landay (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These legal thrillers are heavy hitters with emotional depth, developed characters, and frightening revelations. In both, the plot revolves around a young boy's involvement in a murder investigation and trial.
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    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (ShannonMDE)
    ShannonMDE: I think My Sister's Keeper had the feel of early John Grisham back when he wrote about people instead of corporations.
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I realized I had never read a John Grisham novel, and I like law (I watch Legal Eagle and listen to podcasts about it.) So I thought I ought to remedy that, since the guy basically invented legal thrillers. (Is there such a thing as lawyerpunk? Justicepunk?)

The style reminds me of Memory Man. Straightforward, good with tension, tight with time. All the events take place in only three or five days. (The justice system can work fast when it wants to in the Grishamverse). The story doesn’t seem like a thriller or suspense novel, but it is. It’s just about a kid who learns where a murdered body is buried. The thrill comes from the police, the federal justice system, and the press, and the mob leaning on a kid is smart enough to seek out a lawyer.

What I love most about it is the characters. Everyone is distinct and charismatic. Some of them muddle together but you always know who’s on who’s team. No one is really a bad guy–they all think they are the main character in their story and following the right thing. The writing style itself is so simple that I’m surprised Grisham became as popular as he did, with sentences like “The hangar floor was crystallized concrete.” Lots of the imagery is described by simple sentences, non-purple prose. These days you have to be “Where the Crawdads Sing” to get popular. ( )
  theWallflower | Nov 13, 2023 |
Grisham stays upto his reputation, he has an uncanny knack of proselytizing Law into a racy fiction/plot. He never disappoints. ( )
  harishwriter | Oct 12, 2023 |
One heck of a story. Really enjoyable and never really knew where it was going. Great read. ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
First edition as new
  dgmathis | Mar 15, 2023 |
Eleven-year-old Mark Sway, and his eight-year-old brother, Ricky, never suspected what was about to happen to them when they spotted a long, black car idling in the middle of the woods near their trailer park in rural Memphis. Mark was curious—Ricky was scared. Neither one could have imagined they'd soon be caught up in a nightmare involving cops, lawyers, hospitals, the FBI, and mafia killers. The Client is a first-rate, suspenseful thriller that never takes its foot off the gas pedal but speeds straight through to an electrifying climax. This is only Grisham's fourth book, yet one of his finest works featuring unforgettable characters like Reggie Love, Judge Harry Roosevelt, and the ambitious Reverend Roy Foltrigg. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Nov 20, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER ? In a weedy lot on the outskirts of Memphis, two  boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to the  curb....

Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chance encounter with a suicidal lawyer left Mark knowing  a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of  the most sought-after dead body in America.

Now Mark is caught between a legal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime. And his only ally is a woman named Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all of four years. Prosecutors are  willing to break all the rules to make Mark talk. The  mob will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. And  Reggie will do anything to protect her client??even take a last, desperate gamble that could win  Mark his freedom... or cost them both their  

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