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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  62,145 ratings  ·  2,330 reviews
At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best [law firms] in America. He made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 501 pages
Published November 11th 1999 by Dell (first published February 28th 1991)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Firm, John Grisham

The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller by American writer John Grisham. His second book, it was Grisham's first which gained wide popularity; in 1993, it was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman. Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, came into prominence afterwards due to this novel's success.

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Matthew
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-drama
This was the first or second John Grisham book I ever read. I read it years ago - in fact, I think when I read it the most recent Grisham book release was The Pelican Brief or maybe The Client.

I remember enjoying this book a lot and that all of his early books had a similar feel and were very easy to get into. It was also the start of my expectation that several times throughout a Grisham you will get details on what the main characters are eating or drinking. Instead of just saying he grabbed
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Blaine
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you weren’t around when The Firm came out almost 30 years ago, it was one of those books that broke through into super-popularity, like The Da Vinci Code or Gone Girl. I’d argue that Presumed Innocent and The Firm reinvigorated the legal fiction genre. If you’ve never read it or seen the movie, you know early that something is wrong at the law firm of Bendini, Lambert, & Locke: the firm’s weird selection criteria and rules, the focus on loyalty and family stability. You know the promises m ...more
Daniel Martin
Jul 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it's not that this book necessarily deserves a 1, being the worst score possible, but... it's just so fucking dumb. I only finished it because I'm stuck in between 4 rice fields in japan, and the only reading I had available in english was. well. the label on my pepsi bottle.
IF you happen to be a 40-50 year old (white)man, and like reading about "6 figures", then I'll understand you liking this book.
Hhere's a taste.

"And, don't worry McDeere (former star college quarterback), The firm will front
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Peter
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mitch McDeere, a young promising lawyer, hires with Bendini, Lambert & Locke, a small firm of integrity set in Memphis. But the firm is secretely controlled by the mafia (an crucial aspect he doesn't know when signing a contract with them). Relatively soon the FBI wants him to cooperate with them. Everything is wired (house, car, office) and he really is between a rock and a hard place. What will he do to save his and his family's life? This is an "eerie firm with people that make your skin craw ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
One of my favorite books--an engaging legal thriller that kept me invested from the first page to the last.
W
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Grisham was a struggling lawyer and a struggling writer when he wrote The Firm. His first book had not done well.

But this book would sell millions of copies and pave the way for his later success as one of the bestselling writers in the world.

A young lawyer,straight out of law school is offered a job at a top law firm on very attractive terms. But even before he starts the job,he has to attend the funerals of two of the firm's lawyers.

Not much later,he discovers that three more lawyers emp
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Rob
Sorry to say but I found this book overly long and, at times, a bit pedantic.
Mitch McDeere has an IQ that’s off the Richter scale and has just finished a law degree at Harvard Uni and managed to come in third in his class.
A small, by New York standards, legal firm in Memphis woes Mitch to join the firm. The money being offered is well above what other bigger and more prestigious firms are offering. So with this carrot in front of him Mitch joins the firm. Mitch obviously hasn’t heard the express
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Brian
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. This book belongs in the same category with the ones you can’t put down, and you curl in a corner, shaking with red eyes and a gaunt frame from malnutrition. Grisham developed the characters well and developed the plot with skill of a master storyteller. I noticed some similarities with Stephen King’s style, such as using a reference to the object with “the” instead of “a” (the “coffee table sat alone in the room,” “the man sat at the bar”), and he refers to people with nickn ...more
Julianne
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I recently realized 1) I've never read any of John Grisham's novels and 2) that's a shame. So I picked this up at the library a couple trips ago, when I found myself browsing in the G's. Why The Firm rather than The Client or The Associate? My grandfather, a former lawyer, happened to mention it in a conversation a couple months ago, so the title was on my mind.

My main impression is that this is the kind of pulp that no one will read 100 years from now (thank goodness). It reminded me very stron
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Patricia Bowen
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the best of Grisham's books, maybe because it was the first of his I'd read and found it unique in style and plot. Starting a career with such hopes and ideals, and then finding things are not what he thought they were, even being mortally threatened, did not dilute his efforts to make things "right" in the world. A good, fast paced, insightful read. ...more
nastya
Aug 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
*some plot points may be spoiled so beware*

Ever heard when snobs call romance novels nothing more but wish fulfilment for women? Well I present you with a wish fulfillment for a young to middle age men!

How do I know that? Well we have a very young guy who just finished university who acts chill and super confident in the situations that will make everyone except for trained spy sweat. And he has a super hot supermodel looking wife who is always horny for her husband and also an elementary schoo
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Brooke Hargett
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was fantastic! Loved every second of it. A few weeks ago it came on TV and I was saying "this is a great movie!" but within minutes I realized I had NOT seen it! I was thinking of A Few Good Men! Who knew I had never seen The Firm?? My husband said he'd read it years ago and it was one of the best books he'd ever read. So, I DVRd the movie and went to get the book (I didn't watch the movie yet, but I've heard it was a disappointment from the book... of course right???)

I seriously could
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Lesle
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grisham's most outstanding, best ever, page turner, and my favorite legal thriller!
He kept me guessing to what happens next and next until the very end, but it hits you just when you least expect it. Very few books bring such anticipation as this one does.
12-26-1991

"The Firm" revolves around Mitchell McDeere and his law career in the Bendini, Lambert and Locke a law firm situated in Memphis. A firm that no one has ever quit on and the ones that retire are rich. That is what the outside world se
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Mark Sullivan
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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Natalie Vellacott
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, john-grisham
Thought I'd never get to the end of this epic Grisham novel. I think this is one of his earlier efforts and I remember watching the film a long time ago.

A rookie tax lawyer is head hunted straight from school and offered a dream job with an extremely wealthy company. Star struck, The Firm dazzles him with money, houses, cars....and all the trimmings. It seems too good to be true....The only slight botheration are the plaques of remembrance in one of the offices. The Firm has had a higher than a
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Dean
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!!
Mitchell McDeere is a graduate from Harvard, young and having a lot of offers from every law firm in America as a tax lawyer..
He has a beautiful wife and is hungry for making money!!!

So, he comes across Bendini, Lambert and Locke, a small well respected firm...
He gets a dream offer from them, but the dream job becomes his worst nightmare!!!

Let me say that at the end the mafia and the FBI will be chasing him…
A grandiose plot unfolds that will cost McDeere every ounce of his energy an
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Susan's Reviews
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this when it first came out and really enjoying it.

I used to love this author - now, not so much. Not sure why some authors only get better with time, and others just fall into bad habits and start phoning it home. Such a pity.
Sarthak Sharma
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intensely gripping thriller
This was the book which made John Grisham an overnight bestselling author, and I can see why. The Tom Cruise starrer movie based on the book may be more famous than the book it based on, but I seriously recommend reading the book as well, preferably before watching the movie. Brilliant characterization supplemented by a thrilling and fast paced plot. Entirely plausible sequences.
Jack Heath
5 Stars: Here's the thriller which made Grisham's name as one of the best writers of our time. On the big screen, Tom Cruise couldn't have portrayed the young and cash-starved Mitch McDeere better. The novel's just as good, if not a notch above! A star in taxation at law school, McDeere signed up to become an associate with a little-known law firm in Memphis - Bendini, Lambert and Locke. The perks and the pay couldn't be topped even by Wall St. He and Abby had it made. The firm even bought him a ...more
Jonathan K (Plot & Characters Matter)
Of all Grisham's novels, The Firm is one of his best. Engaging, evocative and filled with surprises, it takes the reader on a journey into the 'dark' world of a law firm immersed in illegitimate enterprise, aka paradox. I read this book when it first came out, so memory of details isn't spot on. That said, the film adaptation has been one of my favorites, Tom Cruise aside :) Regardless, I'm a fan of Grisham's storytelling, his remarkable knowledge of law, trials, and all things associated. ...more
Valerio Gargiulo
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Firm was the second John Grisham novel, where he took a brilliant criminal idea. I appreciate how the author develops the characters, creating a suspenseful and entertaining plot throughout the story. Highly recommend.
Tanvi
Dec 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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Shannon
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
*Spoilers if you haven't read the book or seen the film*

I have two main complaints, one narrative-related and the other morality-related:

1. The book is touted as a suspenseful thriller. Yet every time my interest piqued as a reader ("Oooh, that subtle hint was interesting. What's going to happen now?!"), Grisham would take all the fun out of it by giving me a flipping VILLAIN CHAPTER, where the main evil lawyers meet in a back room to tell the reader exactly what just happened and what will happ
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Bon Tom
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, best-fiction
Classic everyone is familiar with. I just want to note how refreshing it was, in this day and age, to read complex legal thriller (although basic idea is very simple), without intrusion of words like cellphone, email, Internet, hacker, alias, virus and all the complications and simplifications in plot that come with it. In this book, you have to "wait by the phone", it's absolutely crucial for things not to go bonkas. Phone boots are little tin houses of salvation. To me, that scarcity of commun ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Overall an enjoyable book, but still one with a few cliches that were quite predictable, and an ending that was just a bit too neat. Still, an enjoyable book with some good parts, and can be enjoyed by Grisham fans and casual readers alike.
Annie ⚜️
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the movie and the book was even better (and, no, sadly I've learned that is not always the case). ...more
Finitha Jose
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This is my first John Grisham book. What? Don't give me that look; it was never the right time. Now because of the Book Review Blog Challenge, I finally dusted off this popular book from my TBR. (It might also have to do with the fact that I am currently binge-watching 'Suits'). So, did I join the fan club? Not really, I will need some more books to decide on that.
I have mixed feelings about this novel. According to one of the rankings I have seen, 'The Firm' is ranked twelfth in all Grisham's
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Dawn Michelle
This was my first taste of John Grisham and for awhile, I would read everything I could get my hands on by him. And then, not so much. But I would return to this over and over to remind myself of how great he had been. I read this over the course of a month and then read "A Time to Kill" at the pool that summer. It was the first time I had ever paced myself in my reading and it was like torture. :-)

I am not sure why this wasn't in my book [glad I saw somone's review so I could add it], but it wa
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RM(Alwaysdaddygirl)
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

I first read this a long time ago.

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