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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
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Dell (first published 1993)
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Stephen Johnson Mark Sway seemed to be the only character whose rationale for decision making was plausible, mostly because of his youth. I enjoyed him the most.
Robert Bayley I agree with Jason too. I am enjoying the read, but Hardy was such an amenable cop I am having difficulty believing that Mark wouldn't have opened up.…moreI agree with Jason too. I am enjoying the read, but Hardy was such an amenable cop I am having difficulty believing that Mark wouldn't have opened up. No more otherwise I'll dip into spoiler territory. (less)
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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
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Patrick
Feb 18, 2010 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Fino
I remember when Grisham books were all the rage and surely read this one back in the day but honestly, I remember almost nothing about it. I believe it was your typical adult thriller but with almost no sex (this was the 80s after all) and just the typical jumping the shark kinds of hijinks. I know it because both a film and a TV series based on the idea of toxic waste by powerful companies and the way they attack whistleblowers and that is all great but I honestly don't recall being blown away ...more
Cwwj
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
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Suzanne
Apr 07, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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.
John
Apr 03, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 27, 2012 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Salymar
Jul 29, 2012 Salymar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Keegan
Sep 17, 2009 Keegan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Horace Derwent
May 13, 2016 Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I clearly remember the scene in Black Hawk Down, that soldier(forgotten the name and the actor's name, Tom Hardy maybe), he popped into chopper cabin, holding this book, a paperback edition with the cover

This scene engraved in my mind more than the Joel Schumacher film did

That soldier was one of the 18 casualties :(





Nicholas Villazon
Oct 24, 2011 Nicholas Villazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ksenia Anske
Oct 24, 2016 Ksenia Anske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story I followed breathlessly from page one until I remembered that I was supposed to figure out its plot and all that jazz. I forgot. I got sucked in. I don't remember the last time I was so engrossed. An eleven-year old kid against lawyers and FBI and mafia. And one very dead body hidden in a secret place. And everyone trying to find the body. And the kid and the killer the only ones who know where it's at. What's not to like? One of those books you want to swallow in one sitting.
CD
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.
Rebecca Forster
Oct 02, 2013 Rebecca Forster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ryan
Aug 29, 2008 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into this one. I didn't care about the characters and it just seemed cheesy.
Athira Nair
Feb 03, 2017 Athira Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An irresistible read, The Client follows the story of Mark, an 11 year old who chanced upon a suicide and what follows. A flawless narration and compelling view oof the legal system. No one who reads the book is likely to forget the eleven year old Mark Sway, who has watched too much television and crime shows. A wonderful set of secondary characters and surprisingly just legal system makes it all the more fascinating. Definitely one of Grisham's best works.
Jason
Sep 14, 2010 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller likers
Recommended to Jason by: The movie
Shelves: coming-of-age, 2011
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
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Alexandra
Nov 01, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit, this was intense... I found this book by accident, I already knew John Grisham from the "Theo Boone" Books but this was my first novell from him. And I'm impressed as fuck! It's so hard for me to calm because this book caused so much emotions in me, it made me think so much, basically all the time. I couldn't put it down. Actually I really want to re-read it - even though I just finished it. Lately I'm really not in a reading mood but this book defenitly put me back into it!
I love cr
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Corey
Jan 09, 2014 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Linh
Feb 23, 2009 Linh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.
Kate Galloway
Jan 19, 2017 Kate Galloway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The easiest and quickest Grisham read so far...and the ending was better than I expected. The ends aren't totally tied off, so you can believe that it ends like a good little fairytale or more complicated...he never really tells us.
Niyati
Dec 28, 2016 Niyati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an astonishing, commendable and suspense filled thriller book which, is definitely unforgettable. I don't want to include any spoilers, but if you like thriller, mystery and tension, in a book, this is certainly the book for you! It has a questionable and unforgettable plot which has many twists and turns. It teaches you a lot about law while having a very fictional story. I don't think I will ever forget this book and it has also, clearly, improved my grammar and vocabulary which ...more
Soho_Black
Dec 18, 2014 Soho_Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
I've not read a huge amount of John Grisham's work, but when I have I've not always been entirely impressed. He can frequently descend into the kind of legal detail I tend to find a little boring and impenetrable, especially as a non-US citizen not entirely familiar with the American legal system. Happening across "The Client", one of Grisham's earlier books, has helped me go some way towards changing my opinion.

In this novel, "The Client" is eleven year old Mark Sway who, along with his eight y
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Abdullah Khalid
Aug 20, 2016 Abdullah Khalid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first 'John Grisham' novel. I wasn't sure at the start, whether I'd like it or not.
But it has turned out to be one of my favorite thrillers.

The story starts when Mark, an eleven year old daring boy ends up knowing a crucial piece of information let out to him by a drunk and famous lawyer who later commits suicide. This secret can solve the famed murder case of an American senator. But Mark knows that if he would reveal the secret, then the mafia group responsible for murder of senat
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Samantha
Voor de 2 na laatste 2015 reading challenge, zocht ik een boek dat is uitgebracht in mijn geboortejaar (1993). Heel mijn to-read list doorgespit en ik kon welgeteld 1 boek vinden, dit boek. De cliënt stond al een tijdje op mijn to-read list, aangezien ik dit boek eens gekregen had van de overbuurvrouw. Mijn moeder zag het boek liggen en vertelde me dat zij dit boek jaren geleden gelezen heeft en dat het echt een goed boek was. Ze verbaasde zich erover dat ik het nog nooit gelezen had. Sterkere n ...more
Ivan Karačić
Jan 17, 2013 Ivan Karačić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Keith
Sep 29, 2015 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've read very little of Grisham's prodigious output, I've been impressed with what I have read and this one fits that bill. Here we meet Mark Sway, an exceedingly precocious eleven-year-old “trailer park kid”, who lives with his single mother and younger brother. While sneaking off into the woods to smoke a cigarette and initiate his little brother into the pleasures of tobacco, the pair stumbles upon an exasperated and demented man attempting suicide. We soon find that the maniacal ma ...more
Chris
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.
Jane Baker
Jan 01, 2012 Jane Baker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring and FRUSTRATING!!!! The kid knows where the body is. JUST TELL THEM!!! Oh my god! And acting like the people who want to know where the body is are the 'bad guys'. Come on!!! I found this really hard to finish. Didn't like any of the characters. The Plot in frustrating. I'm so disappointed cos I really liked "Rainmaker". Why is one so good and the other so bad?
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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.” 31 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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