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The Firm

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  605,285 ratings  ·  3,661 reviews
Adaptation for younger readers.

Mitch McDeere is a young, intelligent and ambitious lawyer. When he gets a job with a top tax law firm in Memphis, he is delighted. But he quickly becomes suspicious after mysterious deaths, obsessive office security, and the Chicago mob figure into its operations. The situation only escalates when Mitch discovers that the firm is listeni
Paperback, Penguin Readers, 76 pages
Published February 15th 2000 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published February 1991)
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AL Maturan
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the first novel I've read of John Grisham and it inspired some of the most important decisions of my life. It affected me so much that it irrevocable changed my life for all eternity. (I'm probably exaggerating but most of it's true.)

First of all, because of this book, I took up Accounting as my major in college. This book painted a very exciting picture of how an accountant's life could be very exciting. It showed how he could steal from the Mob and get away with it. Who wouldn't want
It's just one of those things. I love this novel. Twice read, once watched, and now once listened to on audio. Don't ask me what the attraction is. I wish I knew.

Brilliant suspense thriller.
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this back when it was first released in 1991! At the time I was a teenager who was getting on a plane to visit relatives and I needed something to read to pass the time. THE FIRM distracted me the for the long plane trip.

Just recently I was at the used bookstore looking for a book for my teenage son to read while he is gone for the next 10 weeks working at a Boy Scout camp as a lifeguard. The series he is reading wasn't available so I started searching for an alternative. The only books
Kay ☄. *. ⋆ catching up mode
Read long time ago. Loved it and have to re-read this one again.
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent read! suspenseful,entertaining,great plot twist,good character development and nice depth..recommend to all (paperback!)
Alaina Patterson
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, i-own-this
This is quick, because I can't imagine anyone who has never read a Grisham novel/watched a 'film' adaptation of a Grisham novel/read a book review of a Grisham novel/watched that episode of 3rd Rock From the Sun all those years ago where the family goes into Witness Protection for some reason and they're all reading different Grisham novels, and when they realize the plot is exactly the same, they switch books and continue reading and sure enough, the plot is exactly the same. And yes, I've just ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, legal, thriller
Mitchell McDeere graduates from Harvard Law and is about to begin his career as a lawyer. Blessed with superhuman capabilities handed down generously by Mr.Grisham himself, Mitch finds no trouble in getting nailing three top job offers: two from from Wall Street, one from Memphis. Among other things, Mitch graduates with top honors, is among the top five in his class, was a quarterback at school, is an athlete (but his diet is mainly alcohol and cheeseburgers for the remainder of the novel), wor ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is really interesting, well written and absolutely irresistible. I'm on a mission to read every book that Grisham wrote, because his books never disappoint me. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The Firm” by John Grisham

I read “The Firm” many years ago and was not disappointed I read it again. John Grisham you are an outstanding author it’s always a pleasure to read your incredible books. Happy reading...📚
Bren fall in love with the sea.
“[you’ll acquire] A certain amount of cynicism. This business works on you. When you were in law school you had some noble idea what a lawyer should be. A champion of individual rights; a defender of the Constitution; a guardian of the oppressed; an advocate for your client’s principles. Then after you practice for six months you realize you were nothing but hired guns. Mouthpieces for sale to the highest bidder, available to anybody, any crook, any sleazebag with enough money to pay your outrag ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
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
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mitch McDeere is near the top of his Harvard Law School graduating class and can virtually have his pick of jobs with high-powered Wall Street firms. But at the last minute, he agrees to an interview with a small Memphis firm, Bendini, Lambert & Locke. The firm's search committee has carefully vetted Mitch and has selected him as their number one draft pick for the year. They bring Mitch and his wife Abby to visit Memphis and make him an offer that is too good to refuse.

Mitch accepts the offer a
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel although I don't think that the finale lived up to the excellent start. I have seen the film and for me it did edge the book.

The book flows in the usual Grisham style and is a very easy read. I love the way he writes and find that I nearly always finish them within 2 days.
Arunkumar Mahadevan Pillai
Oct 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
The sole reason I started reading this book was that it was the only literature at hand at my new place. Can you say b-o-r-i-n-g?

Now I feel I have to slog through the remaining 100 pages or so of mindless 'furiously-paced thrills' just so that I can start on my new acquisitions (Bradbury, Pratchett, Adams, Lovecraft, Jordan, Eco ...)

Highly recommended for beginners and people who don't know what a good book really should be.

Update: I can't take it anymore. Dropped!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Grisham is an excellent writer who writes fantastic legal thrillers. This is one of the best I have read by him!
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this so much.
4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was amazing well-written. So masterfully put together. I felt so smart reading it.

The plot is amazingly thought-out. Even if I sat for two minutes to think about what would happen next, I knew I wouldn’t get it. There are so many details and little intricacies that are woven into the plot built-up like a near finishing game of jenga.

The characters did leave you wanting a little more. I’ll admit it was hard to connect, because the narrative was very plot driven. There wasn’t much character
Michael Finocchiaro
I have scant memories of this thriller that was quickly turned out as a movie by the Hollywood machine. I think it was entertaining and at the time a bit of a renegade book in the US which did not really have this kind of lawyer thriller fiction at the time if my memory serves (Law & Order was not yet on TV - lots of cop shows, not so many lawyer ones) so I have no idea now, 30 years later how interesting this book would be to re-read...
Wow! That's all I can say about The Firm, I can't believe I didn't read it sooner, it's what I called a classic edge of your seat thriller, it was a lot better than the movie I thought, John Grisham does a great job explaining the legal system, this is my second book by Grisham and it certainly won't be my last. Anyone that's looking for a good legal thriller I recommend The Firm if you haven't read it already. ...more
Hesamul Haque
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is always fun to read books where situations are so gripping that you don't feel like doing anything before knowing what's to happen next. With the protagonist, you too get galvanised and roused. The story is fantastic, the writing style is impressive, the characters are intriguing in a way you would want to know what their next move could be and everything comes with a price. My first book of John Grisham has impressed me much. If you are looking for an adventurous ride, I say you must take ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: legal
3.0 to 3.5 stars. My first Grisham novel, I thought this was a fun, fast read with a very interesting plot. Being an attorney (in fact reading this while I was a first year law student) I think both helped andhindered my enjoyment of the book. On the positive side, I really liked the setting and relate to Mitch. On the negative side, I was also able to see the "flaws" in some of the major plot points. However, overall I enjoyed it. ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
wow I was surprised I never rated or gave a review for this book. This was the first book by him I ever read and I was still away at college just out of the navy. I have not read every book by him but have read the vast majority -the last two I did not have a big interest in reading but I could read the next one I though Mitch was him in the book. I thought it was a good story and was better than the movie. I would give it a good spin and most of you have lol
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Firm by John Grisham
The Firm by John Grisham will draw you into a situation where the choices you make not only affect you, but also the people who depend on you. When a young lawyer named Mitch McDeere has to choose between staying with a corrupt business or doing the right thing.The decisions that are made throughout the book are told by the lawyer Mitch.
The story is centered around Mitch McDeere. He finished 3rd in his class at Harvard Law School. All the top law firms are trying to get
Andre Gonzalez
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in a while! ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
I felt dirty for enjoying this book, hence the three stars. You can't help but power through Grisham's story but it is just so incredibly mindless and over-the-top that I am almost certainly dumber for having read it.
If I remember correctly it was the poor character development that really pissed me off - the protagonist is superhuman in every way, it's as if Grisham has just selected Mitch's qualities from a moronically obvious list titled 'characteristics that will appeal to pulp corporate th
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first John Grisham novel and it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed The Firm!

I didn’t know what I expected from this book when I first started it but I knew that something was fishy about the Bendini, Lambert and Locke firm. I mean, seriously they were just so creepy asking all those questions about family and stuff. For such an intelligent man, Mitch can be dumb and ignorant sometimes. I understand the need to be the best and to make loads of money but wow; he took the meaning of wo
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admit. I saw the film before I read the book. What do I think? Both are five stars. They are. But I judge them as separate works of art. Because they are. To the book:

Always loved me a good thriller. This has it all. Intrigue, suspense, passion, complexity, and plenty of twists.

As with all great old works, there are plenty of long reviews out there already. So I will keep this short. Exactly.
Sep 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This isn't the best written mystery ever (Grisham has a tendency to forget about closing all plot lines) but it's a great page turner and remains one of his best. ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I thought this was a poor book at best. Then I read this lovely headline today.

And the innocent friend?

It's a good thing he became an author. He would make a rather poor defense attorney.
Scott Rhee
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
"The Firm" was the first Grisham novel I read, and I suppose if I didn't see a glimmer of good story-telling in it, it may have been my last. I found the story of the young idealistic fledgling lawyer who discovers that the law firm he is working for is run by the mafia to be somewhat lame. The characters struck me as somewhat flat, and the novel was cliche-ridden and predictable. That said, I did not completely hate it. (And it was certainly much better than the awful Tom Cruise film version.) ...more
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