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The Client by John Grisham takes place
in Memphis, Tennessee. It starts out with a little boy, named Mark and
his brother sneaking into the woods to try and smoke cigarettes. While
in the woods, they witness a man kill himself. But before he does so, this
man tells Mark some very important secrets, which ends up putting Mark
and his entire family at risk of being hurt. This event ends up putting
Mark's brother in a coma. There are lawyers who keep on pressuring Mark
to tell these things that he is not supposed to know, except that the Mafia
threatens to kill Mark and his family if they tell the truth. This is because
the secret is that the Mafia killed a Senator and buried him in their lawyer's
garage, and the lawyer is the person who commits suicide.
Since Mark didn't confess to the lawyers,
he is put in jail until he admits this secret. This is where he hires a
lawyer named Reggie Love for the fee of one dollar. He eventually escapes
for jail and figures that the only way to really know if this is true or
not is if he goes and sees it himself. It is a coincidence though that
the Mafia decides to do the same thing. Mark and Reggie end up finding
the body, and the mob finds them. Mark and Reggie escape unharmed from
the Mafia, and strike a deal with the district attorney. It is that they
will tell them where the body is, if they agree to put them in a witness
protection program, which is what they end up doing. Mark and his family
move to Arizona, and everything ends up being okay.
One of the main characters in this book
is Mark Sway, a little ten-year-old boy. He is strong willed, you can tell
this because he keeps on going through all of this turmoil. He also seems
to be really smart, and he speaks like someone who's a lot older than ten-years-old.
Another main character is Roy Foltrigg.
He is the district attorney in the story. He has a really big ego, and
it seems like he's lazy. He always has a team of lawyers who do everything
for him, while he takes all of the credit. He seems like a typical man
I feel that I didn't really learn too much
from this book. But what I did learn is how much witnessing a crime or
knowing about a crime can affect your life. I never knew what kind of power
that the mob can have over people's lives. It was interesting to learn
this, and it makes me feel lucky that nothing like that has ever happened
to me. I felt really bad for Mark because he not only put his life in danger,
but he put the lives of his family in jeopardy as well. This had to be
a huge burden for him, one that I would never want to carry around on my
One thing that I learned about criminal
justice from this book is that someone can be put in a witness protection
program and totally disappear, without any trace of them. I never knew
how someone could go about doing that, and that they could make deals with
the law like that.
A question that I would really like to
have answered is what ever happened to the lawyer Reggie Love. Did she
go into a witness protection program too? Or maybe she kept on practicing
law, but did she move to get away from the mob? These are questions that
I feel that John Grisham left unanswered.
I think that there could be very interesting
sequel written. I think that the mob could end up finding the family somehow,
and murder a member of Mark's family. That way, the whole story could develop
and go into a whole different direction. In the end, Mark and Reggie could
bring the mob to court somehow, and bring them down.
I definitely would not recommend this book
to anyone who is into suspense. It was not suspenseful at all, you find
out things in the first chapter that I think could've been saved for later
on in the book. This also made the novel really dry and boring. It was
not particularly eventful or even interesting. It was a typical story about
how the mob threatens people because they committed a crime. If you want
to read a book that is interesting, and keeps you wanting to read more