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The Firm: A Novel Paperback – August 25, 2009
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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The story starts out simple: Mitch McDeere is recruited into a creepy law firm situated in Memphis. They give him a high salary, a BMW, and a good mortgage. No one has ever quit this firm, which seems to be a good thing... But then Mitch realizes that people from the firm have a tendency to die, and the FBI is involved too. No spoilers, but it gets even more intense as the book goes on.
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.
Shortly after starting his employment with the firm, he learns that two of the newer associates in the firm were killed while boating in Grand Caymon.
After passing the bar, Mitch is approached by an agent with the FBI who tells him that the Mob actually owns the firm and that many of the firm's clients are engaging in tax fraud. The agent also informs him that Mitch's home, car and office at the firm are being bugged by his company. He is also being followed by the firm.
Mitch hires Eddie Lomax, a detective friend of Mitch's brother, Ray. He asks Lomax to look into the death's of the associates and of two other associates. Lomax gets the information but is caught and pays the price.
Mitch works with Avery Tolar who brings him to a meeting in Grand Caymon. There, Mitch is set up and incriminating photos are taken. Back home, the head of the firm's security, a man named DeVasher, informs Mitch that the photos are help as a warning not to do anything to harm the firm.
We follow Mitch's life as he changes from an ambitious employee to a man in fear of his career and his life. Will the FBI be able to help? How will Mitch survive and get out of this situation?
This is a well plotted novel that is just as engrossing the second time it is read. The reader is drawn to Mitch's dilemma and can visualize soomething like this really happening and we hope for a successful conclusion.
The setting is well done, with the traditions and old time beliefs of Memphis but underneath there is corruption. Grisham also writes in a visual method so that the reader can picture the action taking place. This creates a most entertaining reading experience.
STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES: Grisham's character development is perfect in a sense where you know the characters, but not too well. The predictability of the book is impossible as well as the ability to put it down. The scene changes act as a stimulant for the reader, not elaborating one part of the book too much. Grisham did a supurb job in entailing drama, suspense, and humor into his work.
This book was the first of Grisham's I read and it will not be the last.
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