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The Client

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  267,144 ratings  ·  1,527 reviews

Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother are sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chance encounter with a suicidal lawyer leaves Mark knowing a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of the most-sought-after dead body in America.

Now Mark is caught between a legal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime. An
Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Dell (first published 1993)
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Doug Cannon
Grisham has a way of writing a real page-turner. This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. The suspense was intense, and the story was good.

When I finished the last page, and I finally did put it down, I couldn't help thinking I had just wasted my time. I mean, I was thoroughly entertained for every minute of the book, but when I was done, I was left with nothing but the memories of my entertainment.

Good book, excellent author, but lacking in anything real. I've read 4 Grisham n
The book tells of a boy who happens upon a mob lawyer who commits suicide. But before he commits suicide, he divulges information on where the body of the murdered Senator was hidden by his mob boss. Fearing reprisal by the mob or the FBI for lying, he hires a lawyer to get him out of this mess.

I only slightly dislike this book because the premise of the book is weak. I could not get over the fact that the kid could have avoided the whole suspense by telling the FBI the truth about the body of
Jun 28, 2010 Cwwj added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Cwwj by: No one
Caution: spoiler.

I always like Grisham's books in spite of the cartoonish political spin (Republicans uniformly evil; Democrats caring, sensitive, kind). This, his fourth book, was surely not one of his best, but only because there is a mile-wide hole in the plot. The solution to the dilemma of little Mark -- who possesses the secret of where the Senator's body is buried
-- was so overwhelmingly clear within the first 100 pages that each successive machination of Reggie's, each attempt to protec
The Client is about an eleven year old named Mark Sway and his little brother Ricky witnessing a suicide. Before the man killed himself he told Mark information about a murder case that was being looked at. Marks brother goes into shock from the suicide and he has to stay in the hospital for a while. Mark does not know if he should tell the FBI the information he received or not because he is scared for his family’s lives and his own. The Client takes place in a small town in Memphis. Mark is a ...more
I really like this movie and watched it before I'd ever read the book. But I remembered that this was one of the few cases where I liked both the book and the movie even where they didn't match up. I don't know that I'll read it again ever though because I did like the movie better this time around. I liked that there were just the three primary characters, for instance. And I admit that I liked that Foltrigg (while still being a loud mouth) wasn't quite the moron he is in the book-- but I'm sur ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
کتاب «موکل»، با عنوان «موکل خطرناک»، در: 473 صفحه، توسط نشر البرز نیز، منتشر شده است. داستان درباره «مایک» پسرکی یازده ساله، و برادرش «ریکی» است که ناخواسته شاهد خودکشی مردی در علفزارهای کنار خانه خویش هستند، «مایک» به دلیل شرایط سخت زندگی، خود را پشتیبان مادر، و برادر کوچکترش میداند، او برای نجات مرد نیز سعی میکند، اما، گیر میافتد. مرد تصمیم میخواهد که در پایان لحظات عمرش، تنها به سوی مرگ نرود، او میخواهد «مایک» نیز، همراهش باشد. مرد از راز قتل یکی از سناتورهای امریکایی، توسط موکل خویش پرده برم ...more
This was just what I wanted, a quick read, some action and a good fast paced storyline. So what if the hero was a 10 year old boy, I enjoyed it! My attention was held throughout, which is my sign of a good read, and the main characters were all likeable. Mark and Reggie were loveable in their own ways, and it was fun seeing the youngster outsmart the thugs and the FBI. I highly recommend this book if you're after an easy read.
Nicholas Villazon
So in the beginning of the story their is these two boys that are brothers and this take place around the 1960's and these two brothers ricky and mark are smokers that are bad boys. so one day they decide to go in the forest and later seems to find something that they couldnt believe . Finds out that once they stumble upon the woods they see a man trying to kill him self. as the look to see who it is the man that is trying to kill him self see them and catches one of the brothers and stick him i ...more
Rebecca Forster
Love Grisham's early work especially. Characterization is always uppermost in my mind and he does a great job. Read it awhile back and then took it on vacation again to read. That is my highest endorsement.
“You advised him not to get a lawyer, giving as one of your reasons the opinion that lawyers are a pain in the ass. Gentlemen, the pain is here." -Reggie Love, The Client

At first, I wasn't quite attached to this book because the first few chapters are kind of dull but, when I reached Chapter 3 (probably the chapter where the story begins to unfold) it gets more and more thrilling! It got me on the edge of my seat!
Also , I loved the characters, first the protagonist, an eleven-year-old boy named
this is the book that made me not read any more of his books. It's like he woke up one morning and said, I'm done. He left countless threads unraveled. He dropped ideas. the ending was unbelievable and abrupt. All in all what could have been an amazing book was such a disappointment that it made me avoid him because I was so angry he wasted my time.
I could not get into this one. I didn't care about the characters and it just seemed cheesy.
Venkat Narayanan
3.5 stars but racy and a grt entertainer
Ivan Karačić
My first book this year was John Grisham’s book The Client . It’s a story about two innocent kids who just wanted to sneak out into the woods to smoke but become the only witnesses of a suicide. The man who killed himself was a lawyer who represented a lot of criminals and knew many things he really didn’t want to know. One of his secretes become Mark’s secret too (the older of the two boys). Short after the suicide the police started following Mark because they thought he knows something. After ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller likers
Recommended to Jason by: The movie
This was my first John Grisham novel. It won't be the last since I've heard a few good things about The Testament, but that one might be my last if there isn't some improvement on a few things.

I have to compare this one to the movie a bit since that flick is a fave, and I think this is one of the rare cases where I like the movie better than the book. The character of Reverend Roy Foltrigg was much different in the book, much more obnoxious, much dumber, and just doesn't stand up to the awesomen
Corey Tardif
This was my very first book that I've read by John Grisham, and I absolutely loved it, I really like his writing style and the book just really seems to drag you right into the story. I had never heard of Grisham until I had seen the movie The Client with Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, and I've watched the movie several times, and my mom told me that the movie was based on a novel by John Grisham and she said he writes courtroom dramas. The book was excellent and very easy to follow, great ...more
محمد عصمت
للأسف لم تكن قدر المتوقع منها
There are so many books I want to read that I seldom read a book a second time. I read this book in the early 1990's about the time it was published before I had spent any time in the south. My husband has just started reading Grisham. We have lived in Memphis for 8 years and have visited New Orleans every year. My husband suggested that I re-read this book since I am now familiar with the two locations where the action in the book takes place. The second reading was more interesting when I was ...more
Then I read a THIRD Grisham book in a row - I tell you, the bored, summer teenage mind can choke down a lot of crap in the form of mediocre prose. This is the one with the little kid that sees the murder, right? The one they made into a movie with Susan Serandan? I think so. Anyway, if you liked Grisham's other someone-stumbled-on-a-conspiracy-and-now-they're-running-for-their-lives books, I'm sure you'll like this one too. I don't remember it being any better or worse.
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G.J. Griffiths
“The Client” has become my favourite Grisham novel. I thought that “The Runaway Jury” was hard to beat as a gripping tale, full of intrigue, humour and twists, but I found “The Client” very hard to put down. I was completely gripped from the start when two young boys in a wood try to prevent a man’s suicide. Mark Sway, the elder brother, soon has the FBI following him and the mafia threatening him and his family. Reggie Love is his remarkably engaging lawyer and, between the two of them, Mark an ...more
So I'm ashamed to admit my copy of this book was sitting on my shelf for the past eighteen years when I stole it from my sister who was the ripe old age of thirteen at the time. It's clear we were both prolific readers from an early age. I honestly don't know if I've read it before but if I have I don't remember it so I said I'd take it out and give it a go.

It was good, it was definitely good. Was it the instant amazing classic that I kind of expected? I'm not sure. John Grisham just has that n
Maulin Amin
Over years, whenever I've re-read this book, I've found myself either giggling like a Grinch or biting my nails like simpering Chihuahua. The Client is a thorough page turner - with not the best writing in market - featuring a bad-ass eleven-year-old and a clever lawyer!
These few dialogues have stuck with me all these years:

I want Mark examined by a psychiatrist, though I suspect he’s in better shape than we are.

“He’s remarkable,” Reggie said. “At times he thinks like a terrorist, then he c
Jennifer Boyce
It's been years since I've seen the movie and even longer since I read the book, so I decided on a whim the other day to pick up the book. I can't be the only one who read the book, read the description of Reggie Love and still kept seeing Susan Sarandon. Go figure.

I enjoyed the book. It's pretty good on suspense, though some of it is a little far-fetched, bordering on jumping the shark territory. The ending of the book was a real let-down, since we have no idea what became of the characters, ho
Really amazed that anyone got any enjoyment out of this steaming pile of crap that came out when grisham sat at the pot.

The appeal of some of grisham's books is that they are plot driven and fast paced and full of action and danger. None of whatever elements of those things that existed here could redeem this story. For a child who is apparently far more intelligent than he should be, he ought to have discovered the holes in the hack plot he was involved in. I would get into the fact that none o
Brian Onaissy
When I first saw this book in the bookstore, it intrigued me because of the author “John Grisham”, who is one of my favorite authors, and after reading the summary, I wanted to read it badly because it was one of the author’s stories in which the main character is a child.
I loved the book from the beginning to the end, because the author has an amazing way to make a reader get hooked from the beginning, even in the strangest ways. For example the story starts with an 11 year old boy who wants to
This is another classic Grisham story. It's gripping and keeps me reading. It's a fairly quick read that allows me to get lost in the pages of the novel while not thinking too hard. I can picture the events as they unfold and get to know the characters he develops. The characters are fun and personable, and the bad guys are easy to hate while the good guys are mostly easy to love. Often times you can see the twists coming and can predict what is about to happen with accuracy. Grisham is a good r ...more
Jane Stewart
What a great story. I loved the characters, especially 11-yr-old Mark with his intuitive smarts, risk taking, and good judgment.

Mark and his younger brother live in a trailer park with their single mother who works a low wage job. The boys went into the woods to sneak a cigarette. They discover a man they don’t know trying to kill himself by running a hose from his car’s tailpipe into the car window. Mark pulls the hose from the tailpipe twice before the man (Jerome) sees him. Jerome
Robert T
A Thought-Provoking Legal Thriller

John Grisham succeeds in writing another passionate legal thriller that keeps your mind thinking throughout. The vivid depiction of characters is the foundation of this absorbing plot. I found myself hooked on the story of Mark Sway, an eleven year old boy who was sharing a cigarette with his younger brother in a deserted lot, when a depressed mafia lawyer tells him information that would change his life forever. Mark was now stuck in an unimaginable situation
Harrison Stone
I read the book The Client by John Grisham because of the involvement of a lawyer intrigued me. Based on the previous experience I had with John Grisham’s book The Street Lawyer I was eager to dive right into the realistic fiction about the adventures of Mark Sway and his little brother Ricky. Throughout the book the young trailer park kids go through remarkable trials that result in multiple near death experiences.
“Mark was eleven years old and had been smoking on and off for two years, never t
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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“It's amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you'd simply told the truth.” 28 likes
“You advised him not to get a lawyer, giving as one of your reasons the opinion that lawyers are a pain in the ass. Gentlemen, the pain is here.
-Reggie Love”
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