The Firm is a legal thriller by American writer John Grisham. It was his second book and the first which gained wide popularity; in , after selling . The Firm book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Adaptation for younger McDeere, a Harvard Law graduate . Start by marking “The Firm” as Want to Read: When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert and Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. So I only started reading this because I can't handle seeing a movie first if it's based on a book.

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When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $,, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were. Grisham's gripping fiction debut describes the inner workings of a law firm set up by the Mafia to launder money and concoct tax evasions. Mitchell McDeere. The Firm. JOHN GRISHAM. Level 5. Retold by Robin Waterfield. Series Editors: Published by Addison Wesley Longman Limited and Penguin Books Ltd.

Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This was the first or second John Grisham book I ever read. 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 This was the first or second John Grisham book I ever read.

Instead of just saying he grabbed a bite to eat on the way home, you always get details about what was ordered and usually a couple of beers are involved. When he does that in his newer releases I automatically think "Classic Grisham! View all 28 comments. His second book, it was Grisham's first which gained wide popularity; in , 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. 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. IF you happen to be a year old white man, and like reading about "6 figures", then I'll understand you liking this book. Hhere's a taste.

These guys have so much money! View all 42 comments. Sorry to say but I found this book overly long and, at times, a bit pedantic. 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.

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So with this carrot in front of him Mitch joins the firm. So much for his high IQ. After a few months Mitch is approached by the FBI who tell him that the firm is a front for a ruthless Mafia family. Mitch is expected to help the FBI to bring this family to justice or else find himself in a whole lot of trouble.

Mitch is left with no choice but to help. Mitch helps by copying ten thousand documents that reveal the extent of corruption performed by the firm on behalf of the Mafia. By chance the firm just leaves all of these damning documents in a locked room, in an unguarded condo on Cayman Island.

Ineptitude rules, Mitch is inept for taking the job in the first place, the firm is inept for its lack of security with the documents and the family are inept for putting their trust in the firm. To be fair, the last pages were exciting to read.

But all in all it was just a bit too silly. View all 6 comments. I loved this book.


Grisham developed the characters well and developed the plot with skill of a master storyteller. I appreciated the business humor in dialogues, and the sarcasm. Grisham writes great, down-to-earth dialogue that forms characters into real people.

I laughed a lot with the dialogue. For example, the main character, Mitchell McDeere tells his wife she has to do all this stuff to hide from both the Mob and the FBI, run here, change this, do that. He tells her she needs to dye her hair blonde. Mitchell McDeere comes out of law school top of his class, and he knows what he wants. He has drive. He ends up in a conspiracy between the Mob and the FBI, and becomes directly involved with both organizations at the same time.

He fights to keep himself and his family alive.

A smart guy, Mitch pulls a few brilliant stunts only a good lawyer could conjure. Grisham has earned a place on my favorite authors list. I want more! View 2 comments. 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! 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 I seriously could This book was fantastic! I seriously couldn't put it down. The premise drew you in- everyone that works hard wants an offer like the one Mitch McDeere is offered by the Firm. It's intoxicating! I wanted to get that offer!

There's no way you could say no. Grisham was a master at pulling you into Mitch's shoes, which is impressive since its written in 3rd person omniscient. You feel his stress as the work is piled onto him, and the expectations he places on himself are enormous.

He's treading water, at the expensive of his marriage and trying his best to stay afloat. Then as he starts to question things, you feel that same unease, especially because as the reader, you know there is a huge coverup going on. He is so clever, which is awesome because you think there's no way he can get out of it. The storyline is gripping. Its like you take a huge breath at the beginning and then hold on I see why this book put Grisham on the map.

Recommend it to anyone that wants to get sucked into a book! View all 4 comments. 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. 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..

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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 I loved it!!!

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 and wit to force successfully trough this trial I loved this novel very much, because of the skill and the way that John Grisham put it in words.. Also the deceptions and the fraud, as how they managed to disguise the firm has capture my attention. The firm has my full support and every star that I can give… Recommendations to all of you, a clever and wittingly written thriller!!!

For sure not my last book by John Grisham View all 13 comments.

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Nov 04, Natalie Vellacott rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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 Thought I'd never get to the end of this epic Grisham novel.

The Firm has had a higher than average number of staff deaths Mitch is faced with the toughest decision of his life. Should he investigate these incidents and risk losing everything, or ask no questions and enjoy the cash! This was hard to put down and I finished it in a few days despite its length.

There was a little too much detail in places but it was definitely gripping reading. The choice that Mitch makes along these lines wasn't resolved satisfactorily in my view although I appreciated the fact that he wasn't able to just forget about what he had done.

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I found it interesting that all of these people are basically chasing money in one form or another and yet none are able to enjoy it because of the circumstances. Even when they get the wealth they are seeking, they want more and it doesn't satisfy or they have to live in constant fear. This is why the Bible tells us For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. Reading this I was reminded again of the meaninglessness of life without God regardless of status, wealth, job security or anything else Recommended for those who enjoy Grisham books. It isn't his best book, but still enjoyable. Check out my John Grisham Shelf! 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.

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 years from now thank goodness. It reminded me very stron I recently realized 1 I've never read any of John Grisham's novels and 2 that's a shame.

It reminded me very strongly of some bad late Victorian short stories I read for a class in fin de siecle fiction. My, how far we've come since the early '90s the s, just to be clear, not the s. I mean, really, if you're ever in doubt, just pick up this book.

It's definitely a product of its time. Sexism, classism, ageism, consumerism--it's all here, unvarnished and unexamined.

I don't think John Grisham is or was especially unenlightened I think he just faithfully represented the cultural norms and popular attitudes. John Grisham is the author of thirty novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book!

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Also by John Grisham. About John Grisham John Grisham is the author of thirty novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Click here for www. Mitchel orders the same kind of beer and cheeseburgers.

Our guy Mitch barks orders to an FBI Special Agent in the early parts, and the relationship deteriorates later when Mitch can't help calling Tarrance an idiot every time he is required to say something. Not joking.

Tarrance is a sock puppet character who does not come up with any good ideas during these conversations. Why converse at all?!!! Sadly, Tarrance is made to alternate between: "Will do", "I'll ask my boss", or make some feeble attempt at bargaining in a deal or ask a stupid question. The last three options don't bode well for poor Tarrance, and all such replies are followed up by Mitch calling him an idiot. When the FBI and the Mafia are hot on his tail, Mitch also finds, serendipitously, the assistance of an ex-con while being holed up in a room at a seedy Motel along Pacific Beach.

The Mafia also give false leads to the FBI to throw them off his trail.The volume and frequency meets the criteria for RICO, thereby enabling the FBI to effectively put the Firm out of business by seizing its property and equipment and freezing its bank accounts.

The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared.

Mitch finds the deaths unsettling, but focuses on his goal of becoming the youngest partner in the firm's history. Why converse at all?!!! It showed how he could steal from the Mob and get away with it.