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John Grisham , Vincent Marzello
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June 29 2002

Now a major television event

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.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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D.W. Moffett uses his youthful voice to outstanding effect in this excellent abridgment of Grisham's bestselling thriller about a Harvard Law grad aggressively recruited by a curiously obscure firm. "We're small and very selective... we screened over two thousand third-year law students at the best schools. Only one letter was sent." They've decided he's their man and to get him they offer top dollar, dangle a BMW, and woo his wife with offers impossible to refuse. But as the wide-eyed youngsters soon discover, there's a catch. Moffett gives an excellent performance, bringing the story to life with vibrant and believable characterizations and a smooth, knowing narrative. (Running time: 3 hours, 2 cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grisham's gripping fiction debut describes the inner workings of a law firm set up by the Mafia to launder money and concoct tax evasions. Mitchell McDeere, third in his class at Harvard Law, is wooed relentlessly by the prestigious Memphis tax firm of Bendini, Lambert and Locke. Succumbing to the firm's high-powered salesmanship, he rejects some of the country's best-known firms to join the group, where he is awed by the opulent lifestyle pressed upon him. But the company has ruthless, underhanded methods of gathering information (they wire the homes of all associates) and ensuring loyalty (social situations are severely monitored). The firm's mania for security and secrecy, combined with the fact that the only lawyers who have ever left did so in coffins--five in 15 years--arouse Mitch and wife Abby's curiosity, and they rapidly find themselves in a labyrinth of intrigue and danger. 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, though a suspension of disbelief may be required to accept their super-cool behavior while they are on the run from both the FBI and the Mafia. Nonetheless, readers will be totally hooked by this unusual and absorbing story. 50,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; movie rights to Paramount.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Offers You Cannot Refuse Aug. 14 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that will keep you saying WOW! June 12 2004
By Cameron
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, man, is this ever good! April 29 2004
By A Customer
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just try to put this down once you've started March 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book by John Grisham March 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff Jan. 1 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery-suspense novel worth reading... Feb. 16 2004
By Ming Tu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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