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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...more
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...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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Ryan
I could not get into this one. I didn't care about the characters and it just seemed cheesy.
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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.
Eyehavenofilter
If I was an 11 year old kid with a dangerous secret I'd want Reggie Love to be my lawyer and confidant I'll tell you what!
Who says that women can't burst through that glass ceiling? Reggie does it with a f'ing sledgehammer. This was a nail biter to be sure, but it was one of Grisham's best. I'm not an avid fan, I pick and chose, based on if the story sounds compelling, or not. This one I couldn't resist, and it was worth the read.
Vasavi
Not too fast, not too slow.. the main characters of the book are of a different age than usual lead characters.. one is of around 50 and another is a 11 yr old.. excellent story n very good narration.. the book has a bit more no. of pages, but it was manageable..
Khalid
Another great novel by John Grisham (I’m beginning to get addicted on his style and writing). This novel catches your attention as you see the events unfold, marvel at the ingenuity of some of the characters, and wonder how everything is going to be resolved in the end. It’s an enjoyable read, and Reggie and mark’s characters are just simply amazing. If you enjoy law thrillers, I urge you to read this one.
Christopher Jayy
A very interesting story, but it's a little dragged on. I think i would like a shortened version of this story (AKA the movie.) I have never seen the movie but the books story is very interesting i just wish he would get to the point a little more. his writing is not the best, but it is good. I guess i'm just not a John Grisham guy.
Decent.
Bijoy
I have only recently started reading John Grisham books and every one of them are great page turners. I had never known that suspense thriller books, especially ones focusing on law would be so entertaining to read. Having read some of John Grisham's other books like The Firm, A Time To Kill and The Rainmaker, I was hoping The Client would be just as good. Maybe it's because I was so use to Grisham's writing style and character development that I was a little disappointing with The Client.

The st...more
SleepDreamWrite
Really liked the movie and wondered if the book was good or not. So I read it and kept turning page after page, wanting to know what was going to happen. Would Mark talk or not? What will happen to his family?

It all started when Mark and Ricky saw the car and the lawyer and then Mark's told the secret. I've heard of John Grisham and his books like the Firm for example. The Client's now one of my favorites and is an easy read.

Mark is a brave character including Reggie Love. The book has more de...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
I had seen the movie years ago so I had a general idea about the book. The book is so much better than the movies. The book goes into so much more detail. It's so life like with the Mob element and how devious the goverment is when trying to pursue their agenda.
Valerie Womack
I read this over 15 years ago... It was a great thriller then. I'd like to read it again.
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...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.” 17 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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