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The Client

John Grisham’s The Client

The client

The book starts by introducing the characters Mark Sway, age 11 and his younger brother Ricky Sway, age 8. They both were heading toward the woods behind their trailer park to smoke. [Mark was gonna teach Ricky how to smoke] But soon as they start mark finds a car nearby in the woods. There was a fat man inside. And by the looks of it he was trying to kill himself. Mark tries to see what he is up to while Ricky insists he is scared and wants to go back. Mark doesn’t listen to him and keeps going near the car. And then suddenly he is grabbed by this man who turns out to be a lawyer, Jerome Clifford. He tells mark that nobody was supposed to see him suicide and now mark too will die with him. Scared for his life mark tries to do everything to escape and somehow Ricky helps him out. But the lawyer ends up dying. The whole incident sends Ricky into a post-traumatic shock.

Mark soon takes his brother to their trailer and calls 911 and tells them there is man dead near to where he lives. The cops come and do all the checking and confirms who the dead man is. They find Mark near the spot and suspect he must have seen something. But mark refuses to say anything and later mark and his mother takes Ricky to a hospital.

Now the Cops Know [or suspect strongly] Mark must have talked to the [ now dead] lawyer and they want to know if its about the hidden place where the most-sought-after dead body in America is located, that of the senator from new Orleans. Mark is scared and doesn’t wanna talk to anyone without knowing it might put him and his family in danger. So he finds a lawyer for himself called Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all of 4 years.

Now Mark is caught between the legal system and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime And its up to Mark [with the help of Reggie who is ready to do anything to protect her client] to do the right thing to save himself from this mess.

* What i liked about the book is how this kid, who surprisingly knows what all to do at such a young age, has been portrayed and all the situations he has to go through to save himself and his family away from harm. Also the character Reggie is very strong. She does everything she can to help and protect this young kid who is completely innocent and has a long life to live. Now what i didn’t like much about the book is i felt it was kinda slow at times and also the fact that mark knows what all to do for a kid his age, its kinda superficial. But besides all that i really wanted to know what keeps happening and the book is really exciting for the most of the parts. John grisham is one of my favorite authors and his legal thrillers are always a good read. i have just recently started reading his books. The client was my second one.

I would Give the book 3.9 stars out of 5.
Happy reading:)


January 31, 2009 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

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