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I had run out of books to read a week ago, and my friend told me about John Grisham. I'd heard of him as an author but had never read one of his books. My friend then brought the book into work for me, and so I started to read ...
The Client is based upon an eleven year old boy, Mark Sway. Whilst having a sneaky cigarette in the woods of his trailer park one day with his younger brother, Ricky, they both witness something that will change their lives forever - a suicide. The man pulls up in his car to where Mark and Ricky are hiding in the bushes, and tries to commit suicide by putting a hose from the exhaust and into the window. Mark sneaks up to the car (with Ricky begging him not to) and pulls the hose out of the exhaust. This happens a few times as the man keeps on coming out of the car and putting it back on. Then Mark gets caught. He is rough-handled into the car where the suicidal man tells Mark a secret that even adults shouldn't know, never mind an eleven year old boy. It is then that Mark finds out that the man, Jerome Clifford, was a lawyer defending Barry 'The Blade' Muldanno, who has killed a US State Senator and told Jerome where the body is hidden. This secret then pushes Jerome to commit suicide, but not before he tells Mark where it is.
Mark escapes unscathed which is more than can be said for his younger brother. Ricky goes into severe shock, and has to be institutionalised.
The FBI then try to coax Mark into telling them what Jerome told him when they were in the car together, suspecting that he told Mark where the body can be found. But Barry Muldanno uses his Mafia thugs to try and make sure that Mark will never tell. But can the Mafia persuade Mark to keep his mouth shut, or do the FBI encourage Mark to tell the truth? With help from Marks new found lawyer, Reggie Love, they go on a mission that could either end Mark's and his family's life, or enable Mark to try and lead a normal life. Here's a clue ..... the Mafia can be outwitted, even by an 11year old! You'll need to read the book to find out how, and if Mark can continue his life into adulthood, without any danger from the Mafia. I don't want to give too much away!!
The Client was first published in 1993. I tend to read books by authors that are relatively new to the 'book world' so this would not be a book that I would normally pick off the shelf in WHSmiths! The writing style does show the age of the book, and your imagination is needed quite a lot in order to make it interesting. I know this may be the case with many books, but more so this one than others. Having said that, I would like to read a newer novel by John Grisham (any suggestions??) and see if this is his style as a writer, or if the novels get better as they are newer (hmm hope that makes sense!).
I will read his books again, but this is one of those books that, in my opinion, you can only read once!
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The Client is about an 11 year old boy called Mark Sway who is from a broken family and has witnessed the death of a US State Senator. He is being pursued by the FBI whom wants him to reveal everything he knows about the killing and in the meantime the killer himself is trying to get to Mark & his mother and cause them harm in order to stop Mark from talking about what he witnessed whilst having a sneaky cigarette in the woods near his house. Mark consults a lawyer, Reggie Love, who sets out to protect Mark from the FBI whilst trying to shield him from the actual killer who wants to ensure that Mark is never able to talk to anybody else about what has happened.
The book is very action packed and I found myself feeling real sympathy for Mark as he was just a young boy who was doing something silly and found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and now he is suffering the consequences of witnessing a killing. The reader is shown the events through the eyes of Mark and can really get to understand all the emotions that he is going through and just how scared he is feeling. I found the book to be very griping, as I do most of the Grisham books, and I couldn't wait to watch the events of the story unfolding and to find out what happened to Mark in his quest to protect himself and his Mother from all the bad in their lives and how one simple action can charge the course of your life forever.
John Grisham is one of my favourite authors anyway and this is one of my favourite books by him, it's a fantastic read and I've found myself reading it several times over the last few years and I believe it has also been made in to a movie now.
If you are interested in purchasing the book it is available from Amazon.co.uk for £4.99.
I am rating the book 5/5 as it's just so well written and the attention to detail is amazing. It is certainly a very hard book to put down. It's a must read for all Grisham fans & anybody who likes thrillers.
The Client is the 4th novel from the award winning legal thriller author John Grisham. This was adapted into a film, and examines the seedy underworld associated with the American legal system.
A young boy, Mark Sway, inadvertently witnesses the suicide of a mob boss. He turns to a lawyer, Reggie Love, to protect him so he does not have to be a witness for the District Attorney, a man who wants to mob so badly he will put anyone in danger to get them. Tensions run high as the mob and the courts have a tussle with Mark in the middle.
Grisham takes a slightly different tack here in comparison to his previous novels. The tussle going on in this novel is between two factions of the law: the District Attorney's office and a private lawyer. The protection of a minor is handled very well by Grisham, and the fear of the mafia is also handled with the necessary levity to create an atmosphere of caution and anticipation. Throughout the book, I found it very hard to put down, and turned pages constantly when I probably should have been doing something more practical like the washing up, shopping or sleeping!!
This is a very good tale, not in the norm for John Grisham, but still with its twists and turns and clever ending.
I rate this book at 4 stars out of 5.
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The Client, is a story about an 11 year old boy, Mark Sway and his eight year old brother, Ricky who go off into the woods at the back of their trailer home, so that Mark can let Ricky have his first smoke, but a mob lawyer decides that this is where he is going to commit suicide. The lawyer is Jerome Clifford you just happens to be defending Mob gangster Barry the Blade Muldanno against the charge of murdering Senator Boyette, Mark tries to stop the suicide and is grabbed by Jerome and dragged into the car, Mark manages to get away but finds his brother in severe shock. Ricky is taken to an indigent hospital. Now the FBI and the mob are after Mark to find out what if anything he knows. Mark manages to find a lawyer that he hires for a dollar retainer. However the FBI and more importantly the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Louisiana, are desperate to find out what Mark Knows and use every dirty trick possible to try and find out what he knows, convinced he knows everything about the body, however they have not done their homework and decide to drag Mark of to the local juvenile court as a delinquent. The judge sends Mark to juvenile detention, when he fails to answer the questions on what Jerome Clifford said to him when he was dragged into the car. Mark Fakes the same condition as his brother is suffering from and gets transferred to the hospital from where he escapes with the help of his lawyer and head of to find out if the body is really where Jerome told him it was. Do they find the body and what happens to Mark Sway and his family, as well as their Lawyer you will need to read the book, or get the film the book is a much better option. The book keeps you on tenter hooks the whole way through it and keeps you wanting to read on, i have read many of John Grishams books and although this has far less courtroom action than most of his titles, the difference to his normal line of books is what makes this book so readable. The
book comapred to the film adaptation is far better as the film fails to show us why Mark has such a distrust of lawyers.
I had seen the film on TV quite a few years ago,and at the time did not realise it was from a John Grisham book. I discovered Grisham quite by accident, on holiday two years ago, and was totally blown away by A Time To Kill and The Chamber, whilst I dont believe that The Client is on a par with either of those two others I did enjoy it. Mark Sway and his younger brother are on their own while their mother struggles to make ends meet at a crummy job. While she is at work, the temptation to misbehave proves too great. The boys sneak off into the woods near their trailer park to smoke cigarettes, and end up witnessing the suicide of a lawyer. The Lawyer was about to embark on a huge trial involving the mob, but before his drunken demise he reveals a secret to Mark that puts him in grave danger, as both defendants and prosecutors prove they will do anything to uncover Mark's secret Mark Sway seeks out help and protection from those after him, and happens upon Ms. Reggie Love. Reggie is a divorced, middle-aged woman who's just recently passed the bar exam. Scarred by the effects of alcoholism, including a husband and children who left her long ago, Reggie has struggled to regain control of her life and bury the pain of her past. Reggie takes Mark as her client, but soon finds that the law alone will not keep them safe. And she will do anything necessary to protect her client... and herself. This book has many stories. It is of a lawyer protecting a client. It is of a young boy in need of someone to care for him and keep him safe. It is a story of social class, the Sways having everything stacked against them emotionally, medically, and legally because they simply don't have enough money. This is also a tale of a woman who overcame severe personal problems and starts over, determined to do things right this time, no matter what. This is a good,but not great story. The movie was also well done, but, as usual
, the book is always better.
The Client This book centres around a deprived young boy aged 11, who assumes the role of a father-figure for his younger brother, by teaching him how to smoke. All of a sudden the boys are in the wrong place at the wrong time. You might think that a young lad that has witnessed something awful would run and hide but this brave lad tries to intervene in the situation but yes, you've guessed it what seemed straight forward never is and the enthralling story begins.......... This kid is streetwise and he knows that he needs help... he manages to employ a lawyer to speak for him. If you have read any of Grishams' books before then this is will not disappoint you. Although this story is perhaps a bit more black and white in terms of the characterisation. It may be different to other Grisham novels but the actual story is just as enthralling and involving as his other books. That is why it is another best selling Grisham story.
The story begins with a small child of 11 accepting his duties of brotherhood and teaching his brethren how to smoke. From here on starts a deeply involving exceedingly well-written novel by the crime writer of your dreams, John Grisham. If you’ve read any of Grisham’s other books then you should know roughly what to expect. In the form of court scene battles between the lawyers, sub plots that get you deeply involved in every aspect of the character’s lives and three-dimensional characters made up from many vivid shades of grey. This publication succeeds on all these accounts but one. In this book from the acclaimed author the characters are way, WAY too rigidly black and white. The FBI and the cops firmly occupy the position of the bad guys while the kid’s lawyer - working for nothing, like all good lawyers should – stands firmly in the area of angel incarnate, invincible God like figure. Don’t get me wrong this is a very good book, but in this case it just doesn’t stand up to the rest. Finally a very competent, exceedingly involving read just falling short of Grisham’s best.
This was the first book I read by the author John Grisham, and the first novel I ever read really, quite a while ago. It was a fantastic book, it had everything, suspense, drama, action, one of the best books I have ever read. It had a great impact on me, and led me to read most of his other books, all of which I found to be of a very high standard, he is my favourute author of all time. What is especially good about this book is that at the beginning you have absolutely no idea of what is to come, the opening scene is dramatic, and shows the death of a main character in the plot, but does not give much indication of what is going to happen. There is suspense all the way through the novel. Anyone who has not read this book, go buy it now!
John Grisham's books are perfect for reading on extended airplane trips or in other situations where all one desires is a readable "page-turner" to help while away the hours. This particular novel is formulaic from start to finish, complete with shallow, stereotyped characters (including a boy protagonist who apparently is eleven going on thirty in terms of his outlook and behaviour). The "bad guys" are unrelentingly bad, while the "good guys" are practically saints. Perfect, eh? Grisham is a master of the "easy read," and the book is excellent in terms of its basic function, which is to entertain. Great literature it isn't, however, so don't begin this novel with unrealistic expectations in this regard.