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The Client

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  411,018 ratings  ·  2,642 reviews
In a weedy clearing on the outskirts of Memphis, two boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to the curb...Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chance encounter with a suicidal lawyer left Mark knowing a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of the most sought-after dead body in America. Now Mark is caught between a ...more
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Published March 16th 2005 by Delta Trade Paperbacks (first published March 1st 1993)
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John Grisham
Oct 19, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote
Knew the ending, but still enjoyed it.
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Legal thrillers, John Grisham Fans
John Grisham's 'the Firm' was what really got into reading novels over 300 pages. The story gripped me and got me over my fear of so many pages. So, I kept reading John's first 8 books or so as they were published.

I remember reading this in 1995 and loving the tough as nails lawyer of Reggie. I appreciated how she called people by their first names when they weren't used to it to level the playing field. She helps a kid in a tough situation. John has a gift for making the law exciting and dramat
Doug Cannon
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grisham
Murder,the mob and an eleven year old kid,this is a Grisham thriller with a humorous touch.

Mark is an eleven year old kid,who lives with his mother and brother in a trailer.He witnesses the suicide of a mafia lawyer,who tells him an explosive secret before he dies.

A US senator is missing.Is he even alive and if not,where is the body ? Mark now knows something that both the FBI and the mafia are interested in finding out.

As the pressure on him increases,he succeeds in finding a female lawyer who
Stephen Robert Collins
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this before the move was made. This the perfect example of how very much American laws & justices system is so different from British law special with children.
This an excellent crime court room drama that only Grisham could write as he was trained court lawyer which is needed to get the facts dead right. After all you need how to crack eggs to make an omelette you would not expect a bricklayer to try to make a swimming pool on upstairs flat.
This like all his books twists & turns like top
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really terrific read, a great story line with some memorable characters.

Two young boys, brothers, are unwitting witnesses to a suicide. The older boy does all he can to stop the man from this act but to no avail. The man shoots himself in the head but before doing so he tells the young boys, Mark Sway, his reason for doing it. This information now marks Mark as a threat to the MOB. The FBI is desperate for Mark to reveal all he’s been told but after being threatened by the MOB to keep
Feb 18, 2010 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
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
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. ...more
Lili  Marcus
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
It all started when Mark Sway (11) took his younger brother Ricky (8) in a secluded part of a park to teach him how to smoke. They were just doing their business when a shiny car arrived and apparently the driver was trying to kill himself and did so by the end. Suddenly Mark along with his brother(who suffers a trauma) became witnesses of not only a suicide of a well-known lawyer, but Mark knows more than that. This is a story of an 11-year old boy caught up in a legal drama too big for hims ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
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
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. ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I like every book that Grisham wrote, period. This story is about a crazy, just horrible dilemma. Didn't like the movie…but hey, movies are almost always worse than a book, because they cut out a lot of stuff, they change the story plus, you don't have your own imagination portrayed in a movie. ...more
Sumit RK
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Neither a court room dram nor a gripping thriller. The climax is really over the top.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
An odd book. So unsuspenseful, so bland. No courtroom drama. There aren't even any interesting legal issues involved. An 11-year-old boy (wise beyond his years) and his quinquagenarian lawyer (who is strangely referred to as "cute" several times, once by the boy) spend the whole book trying to avoid having him reveal to the legal system where a body is buried, information he has come by accidentally. At the end, he reveals where the body is buried, making the whole struggle moot. But the killer' ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite John Grisham books. I realize this isn’t great literature. But sometimes you want a potato chip book. A bit mindless. Always enjoyable. A book that flows over you as you read it. This is the kind of book I want to read when I am stressed and life gets crazy. I won’t even bother going over plot points. There was a movie, a tv series, it’s been around forever. And it is exactly what I need.
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of Grisham's "The Client" is very plausible and exciting. He creates a horrifying, nightmarish scenario of violence and desperation for one precocious 11 year old boy and his brother. But can a precocious 11 year old have the maturity of a fearless seasoned man? Apparently this one goes on to, and that's where the story losses points for me. I think I would have made the kid at least 15 years old.
It also feels like this may have been written with the idea of an eventual movie deal
Natalie Vellacott
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, john-grisham
The Law, the Mob, a murder - and the mind of an eleven year old child...

Mark Sway and his younger brother Ricky set off to a secret location to sneak a quick smoke. They hear noises and realise they aren't alone. A vehicle arrives and a man in a business suit begins apparently attempting to kill himself by allowing the exhaust fumes to fill his car. The two young boys watch in horror as they realise what is happening. Mark decides to intervene...

I kept reading this to confirm the ending which wa
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The youtube audio is incomplete...don't waste your time. The recording is missing roughly three hours of the novel. What I read is vintage Grisham, gotta find another version. Feel like I lost a pet. ...more
Jun 28, 2010 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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Andre Gonzalez
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling ride from Grisham. I had a hard time putting this book down. The story just became more wild as it progressed!
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable fast moving legal thriller !
May 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
My Rating: 1/5

Everyone recommended John Grisham. So I bought The Client. The reviews for the books have been mostly positive. So I thought that this is a good read but It isn't. I couldn't go more that four chapters of the book. I tried again and again but It's just not good, So you know.....

So, This is a bad book. I won't recommend it to anybody. Thank you.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why once in a year i crave for John Grisham may be because i started reading The Firm as first book, but couldn't complete due to some lame excuses or reasons. So, i picked The Client,

The Client will kick-start after 10 pages, you can predict the plot in 20 pages unless you don't read what is written on the back of book. By 30 pages you will find it very difficult to put down.

It is tale of a 11 year old boy Mark Sway who met a mob lawyer who was about to commit suicide. But before
Sully (thysaltymar)
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, owned-books
“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
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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It was okay. Too long and slow. There are better Grisham books.
Ravi Prakash
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
After a very long time, I read a crime-suspense novel. It didn't meet my expectations. I think the plot is over-streched and taking an eleven year old boy as a smart hero who got all his talent by watching movies seems somewhat unbelievable. The author could take a teenager on his place. The end of the novel makes you fool asking the question, "why did I waste so much time?" ...more
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