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The Client

Posted on: December 16, 2010

Name : The Client

Author: John Grisham

Genre : Legal thriller

Pages : 614 (paper back edition)

Language: English

Publication Year: 1993

Is Review Spoiler: No

Rating: 4/5


Review: After reading John Grisham’s best-selling novel “The Associate”, I liked his writing style very much, and started reading his other works too. I read his three to four titles after “The Associate”, but those were not his best works.

I picked the “The Client” few days back from Crossword and started reading it. What made The Client different from his other works is the fact that this book is filled with suspense and the lead character in this book is an Eleven Year old boy – Mark Sway.

The Client is another page turner by John Grisham and the characters in this book are very complex. The character development in this book is excellent.

Mark Sway – A eleven year old boy, who lives with his mother and little brother Ricky (8-year-old) in a Trailer. Mark is brilliant and foolish at the same time because he polls himself out of one complex situation and at the same time put himself into another situation which keeps book moving. Grisham shown here Mark as child as well as Adult who is the head of his family. Mark some time spoke as a 40-year-old and some time he speaks as child – who keep on asking questions about his rights and law.

Another very complex character is Reggie Love – A female lawyer who has been practicing law for five years. Her client usually include the children and she cares very much about her little “clients”, even some time she is willing to put her life in danger for them. She was a former alcoholic and former drug consumer. after divorce and attempted suicide she starts her second life as lawyer.

There are many complex and very interesting characters (FBI agents, Lawyers, Mafia, Judges and Doctors etc) in the book and believe me the character development is just excellent. This book is the real page turner by Grisham. Start it when you have a lot of time to spare because you won’t be able to put it down.

The story revolves around 11-year-old Mark Sway – who with his little brother Ricky who is 8-year-old, goes for smoking in the forest near his home. Hiding behind the weeds – they both smoke the cigarette and Mark teaches his brother how to smoke the cigarette because Ricky caught him stealing cigarette from her mother’s cigarette pack.

Romey – the lawyer of the mafia hit-man comes into the forest where Mark and Ricky where smoking and commits suicide by blowing his mind with a gun but before he commits suicide he tells a horrible secret about the location of the dead US senator body. The senator is killed by Romey’s Client ‘Blade’ – A Mafia Hit-Man. after seeing the suicide his little brother Ricky goes into coma and Mark is threatened by Mafia if he repeats what Romey told him, they will kill his whole family.

Mafia wants to silence him forever and where as FBI wants him to reveal the location of the body at any cost. FBI haven’t found the body of senator after searching it for months and without body they won’t prove the charges against the killer ‘The Blade’.
So Mark hires Reggie Love, to protect his rights and help him out-smart both the district attorney and the Mafia and the FBI. Reggie Love must protect her little Client from the district attorney, FBI who wants him to tell the location of the body and from the Mafia who wants to kill him.

Overall a very interesting and enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book for all crime/legal/mystery fiction fans.


7 Responses to "The Client"

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This is one of the best Grisham books I have ever read.
your review is simply amazing 🙂

Yup.. Mines too.. Thinking of picking “The Firm”, next time……
Glad you liked the review……

Client is one of my favs too as far as Grisham novels go (didn’t like the movie as much though may be because I’m not a big Susan Sarandon fan). I have liked many of his other novels & movie adaptations as well (Firm, Runaway jury, Time to kill…). But my favorite is Painted House. Absolutely loved reading it and was such a refreshing change from his usual law suspense 🙂 (movie is good, but not really the same as the reading experience)

Thanks Sowmya for reading review..
I will surely pick up “Firm” and “The Painted House”.
Didn’t saw the movies adapted.. I will defntly see “The Client” movie..
Firm also once I complete the novel..

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