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In a weedy lot on the outskirts of Memphis, twoboys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to thecurb...Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brotherwere sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chanceencounter with a suicidal lawyer left Mark knowinga bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts ofthe most sought-after dead body in America. Now Mark is caughtbetween a legal system ...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Delta (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
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Patrick
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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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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John
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
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.
Keegan
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
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
Salymar
“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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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
Jason
Dec 28, 2011 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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
Sidna
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
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.
Suzanne
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.
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.
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
Ryan
I could not get into this one. I didn't care about the characters and it just seemed cheesy.
Lona
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
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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
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Rob
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.

STORY BRIEF:
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
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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
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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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Kei Ci Bautista
I gave this book a 5-star because back in elementary, despite the fact that I believed I was too young for this kind of book, I was able to comprehend it up to the last page, which is not to say this book lacks profoundness.

Meanwhile, I would consider it as a page-turner. Indeed how else would I have made it to the very end at that time. I got even hyped when I realized (when I got into high school) that it made it to the big screen.

I believe it is one of those heavy-laden books back in my eleme
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Lindsey
Mark and his brother Ricky stumble upon a laywer trying to kill himself. Before he does, he reveals to the boys that his mobster client has killed a man and federal officials are pressuring him to give up the location of the body. And then the lawyer shoots himself in the head, putting the boys in the same impossible situation that caused him to commit suicide. The police are pressuring the boys to give up the information, in somewhat unethical and dishonest ways, but the mob will kill Mark and ...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
John Lucy
The only reason this book got a two-star rather than a one-star rating is that I still somehow couldn't put the book down. Although, let me say, a lot of that might have had something to do with the fact that I never stop reading a book mid-way through, and I might have just wanted it all to end ASAP to end my suffering. Aside from some very strong, brave characters that readers will no doubt love, particularly the hero and Reggie Love, there's hardly anything good going on.

Even the characters t
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Sarah Beth
The Client tells the story of Mark Sway, an 11-year old who, with his 8-year old brother, accidentally stumble upon the scene of the suicide of a New Orleans attorney. And right before he pulls the trigger, that attorney tells Marks the location of the body of a dead Louisiana Senator, who was killed by the mob. Mark knows he possesses a deadly secret, so he gets himself a lawyer and keeps his mouth shut. However, it'll take more than silence to get Mark and his family out of this mess, and not ...more
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
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Jaret
I enjoyed this novel more than I thought I would. I was expecting an average courtroom drama. I was not expecting a character like Mark Sway. I enjoyed watching his character develop and he had me laughing from almost the beginning of the story. He suffered a lot throughout and made a lot of twists and turns but he never lost his sense of humor and his wits. My favorite part was when he was left in juvenile detention with a phone. Not exactly how the police were expecting him to use his phone ti ...more
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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.” 26 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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