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The Client
The Client
Author: John Grisham
In a weedy lot 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 whereabout...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385424714
ISBN-10: 038542471X
Publication Date: 2/1/1993
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 334 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is one of the reasons he is a best selling author
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Helpful Score: 2
Compelling...Absorbing...Wildly Original...Magical...John Grisham continues to dazzle with each legal thriller. The Client is richly textured, cunningly crafted, and poignant, and boat a refreshingly different hero: an 11 year old boy. Mark Sway is unforgettable...Everything rings true, from the authentic milieu and vividly portrayed supporting cast to the behind the scenes view of the criminal justice system.
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Helpful Score: 2
Grisham has once again crafted a thriller. His portrayal of the eleven year old boy is masterful as he jumps into the kid's head in every chapter. Absolutely gripping and highly believable.
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Once again Grisham proves he can build characters that you feel you have a relationship with. The ending had me teary eyed. This was moving and sensitive book. I wanted to finish the book as quickly as possible just so I could find out what would happen to Mark and his mother.
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For me personally, the book was a little hard to get into at first. But of course, thats probably just because of my broken reading tendencies because as the story unfolded, I got more and more hooked on the story; on the edge of my seat, anxious to find out what would happen next!

Mark Sway is a kid you cant help but admire and fall in love with. At 11 years old, he is experiencing something NO child should ever be face with. Yet, hes determined to protect his family at all costs, proving to be wiser than his years.

Reggie Love is a feisty lawyer who helps kids (who she refers to as clients) overlooked or abused by the system. She definitely goes above and beyond her call of duty when it comes to her little clients. When danger arose after meeting Mark Sway she would do anything to protect him; even if that meant putting her own life in the hands of an 11 year old boy with a crazy plan

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book. The book, although law-related, is easy to read because of Grishams writing style. It contains a great story with unique characters and unbelievable suspense. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense, thriller. I also recommend the movie if you haven't already seen it!

DISCLAIMER: This review although my own, contains some rephrasing of the original blurb written by the author. Specifically, the character descriptions.
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good read
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I read this only because it is on my daughter's 4th grade reading list and I figured that it wasn't appropriate for a fourth grader and I think I was right. Maybe written at that level, but the material is too much. For me it was ok, I am not a huge fan of Grisham and so that probably had alot to play into it, but to me it was too wordy and just wrapped up in a few pages after hundreds of pages leading up to what I felt was nothing.
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My favorite of all Grisham's novels.