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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (Sept. 8 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385319053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385319058
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #873,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A rookie discovers that the prestigious law firm where he works is a front for the Mafia. MC suggests addding some info along the lines of 'a surprise bestseller in hardcover...'/i think this is interesting but it goes beyond the specifications laid out by george of a very brief description of book/pk Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 14 2008
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The Firm launched John Grisham to superstar status as the world's favorite debunker of the legal profession. The Firm perfectly casts the way that high-potential law students are wined, dined, and bribed into taking sweat shop jobs that ruin their lives. But like all good novels, that's just the beginning of the story. How does a small-to-medium-sized Memphis firm outbid the Wall Street boys? Therein lies a good tale.

The Firm is appealing because it takes you inside the world of exclusive, top-drawer law firms and reveals the temptations that lie there awaiting the unsuspecting young lawyer. John Grisham makes much of the detail highly accurate while also taking you on a fantasy trip that no one has taken before. The scope of his imagination about "what if" a law firm yielded to temptation is breathtaking. I could have daydreamed for 400 years and never come up with a tale like this one.

Unlike most thrillers, this one had me turning pages eagerly right up to the last page. It was truly an exciting experience for this Harvard Law School graduate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on June 12 2004
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I tried reading other kinds of books, like Stephen King books but they just didnt do it for me. The action started way to late. However, in The Firm the action started right in the begininning of the book. After the first 40 pages I could already notice something wasnt quite right about the Firm. This made me want to find out even more. Some of the situations that Mitch Mc Deere got himself out of were pure genius on Grisham's behalf. It was also the plot as a whole was just superb. I urge everyone to read it. The thrill of this book will keep you yurning pages until you finish. It had a fully satisfying ending. I just couldnt stop think WOW how did he get himself out of that. It is my new favorite book and I cant wait to read some more of his book. Also , if you like the Firm you will also enjoy the client.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29 2004
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What a fantastic read. By far this is Grisham's best effort and worth every cent. Grisham has taken a classic "caught between a rock and a hard place" idea and spun it into a wonderful page turner that you will NOT be able to put down. With its themes of mafia, the FBI, and a "too good to be true" job handed to the main character, this flawless tale will keep you up at night. Excellent writing, believable characters, and a tour-de-force plot make this one of the best buys for your money. Can you tell I like the book? Have also read two other very good novels lately, though they are completely different in theme and pace from this one: "Birth of Venus" and "Bark of the Dogwood." Both are great, but please, please, please buy "The Firm" first!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Eichelberger on March 5 2004
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I won't even mention any of the plot points here because I don't want to ruin even a part of a great story for anyone. Back when this book was all the rage I somehow remained blissfully ignorant of the whole dog and pony show. Someone gave a copy to my wife to read, which happened to correspond to a weekend when she got sick and stayed in bed. Bored, I sat down one Friday night and picked the book up to give it a quick look. Hours later I finished, having read the entire book through without even a stop for the bathroom. This was a great story. If you haven't read it already, take it along for your next vacation. Even if you saw the movie and hated it like I did, read the book. It isn't even the same story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23 2004
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I started reading John Grisham's books just a while ago, and I wonder why I didn't read The Firm first. This book was so good. I read an average of 5-6 books a week, and I think this is my favorite book. Mitch McDeere, the protagonist in this book is a poor guy freesh out of Harvard in the top 5 of his class. This firm really wants him and gives him a new house, a BMW, and a really good pay. Then when he thinks things are going well, he finds out a secret from the FBI. I really loved this book and would recommend this awesome book to anyone. Grisham is an excellent writer and all his books are very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.B. Rebozo on Jan. 1 2007
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The novel that made Grisham famous (along with the movie) is one of my all-time favorites. Next to THE CORRECTIONS BY j. Franzen and the novel NEVER LET ME GO, this ranks on the top of the list. Written before Grisham's foray into books such as PAINTED HOUSE and INNOCENT MAN, THE FIRM is a classic, filled with excellent pacing and an ability to keep you on the edge of your seat. Also highly recommended: ROSES ARE RED by Patterson.
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The Firm is a mystery novel about a young lawyer, Mitch McDeere. Raised in a poor family, Mitch worked very hard and graduated among the top three at Harvard Law School. After graduating and marrying, Mitch was still poor¡X until one day he is offered a job from Bendini, Lambert, and Locke, a Memphis law firm. Not only is he offered a high salary, but he is also given a brand new BMW, a new house, and many bonuses. It was the dream job of every lawyer. It all seemed too good to be true¡Xand it was. After a couple weeks in the firm, Mitch becomes suspicious and he starts to noticesome mysterious clues. For one, the job wasn¡¦t all that great, but there was a turnover rate of zero. Secondly, two executive partners go on a trip to the Grand Caymans are killed. And lastly, after an FBI detective approaches him, questioning and warning him about Bendini, Locke, and Lambert, he is sure there is a secret within the firm, and is determined to find out¡Xeven if it costs his life. After some spying and eavesdropping, Mitch learns the truth. The so-called ¡§law firm¡¨ he works in is actually owned by and part of the most powerful mafia in Chicago (how ironic). However, there are only two ways to get out of this firm. The first option is to keep this secret for your whole life and to work in the firm until you retire. The second option is to die. The mafia and the senior partners of the firm are getting suspicious of what Mitch knows, and he either has to make his decision soon or possibly think of another way out.
I loved The Firm because it was full of suspense and I had no idea what was going to happen next, which explains why I stayed up the whole night reading the entire book in order to see what happens in the end.
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