The Firm by John Grisham
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This story was a sizzler right from the opening pages, even as Mitch is about to be interviewed and the Managing partners are sizing him up in their chambers, one can get the tingling sensation...The Firm is a must read Political thriller written by John Grisham.
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When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought that 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 the McDeeres a decorator. Mitch 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.
 

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
 
Published March 9, 2010 by Dell. 541 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 25 2011

Terrifically exciting and likable first novel about tax lawyers and the Mafia, and a predictable success already sold to the movies, etc. Grisham does not cut as deep or furnish the occasional shining paragraph that Scott Turow does, but he writes a stripped, cliche-free page that grips and propels.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 27 2015

Grisham, a criminal defense attorney, lucidly describes law office procedures at the highest levels, smoothly meshing them with the criminal events of the narrative. Mitch and Abby are appealing characters...Nonetheless, readers will be totally hooked by this unusual and absorbing story.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Aug 19 2015

I rated this book a four because it is an amazing book but it has a couple of racy moments that make this book inappropriate for younger readers. What really made this book great was the ability of the author to really paint a picture in my head of exactly what is happening.

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Good
Reviewed by Usha Manohar on Mar 02 2009

This story was a sizzler right from the opening pages, even as Mitch is about to be interviewed and the Managing partners are sizing him up in their chambers, one can get the tingling sensation...The Firm is a must read Political thriller written by John Grisham.

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Brothers Judd

Below average
Reviewed by brothersjudd on Jun 04 2000

The Firm is fairly a typical: a young man who is so stupid as to not realize he's just joined a Mafia-front law firm, is still smart enough to outwit the Mob and the Feds. The only interesting issue that I can think of here is that we're supposed to overlook things like his greed, infidelity and general callowness...

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Reviewed by Annette on Apr 22 2013

He manages to write his legal stories like real thrillers. There are life and death situations. And, although there are court scenes, the bulk of the novel is not about the courtroom...It's an easy, fast-paced book that even teens can enjoy. Once you read one of Grisham's stories, you will most likely have to find some more.

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Reviewed by Michael JR Jose on Aug 15 2015

The firm offers Mitch a brilliant career as a lawyer - money, prestige, a ladder to climb. Unfortunately the Mob want more than their money's worth, and know how to corrupt, blackmail, and suck dry the bright young things who join them. This is a cut above the usual Mob (thugs in suits) thriller, and I recommend it.

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