TITLE: THE FIRM By: John Grisham Brief Summary: A young Lawyer signs on a firm that controls his life.
My grade for this book is a A The Firm is John Grisham's best book by far! There was little description and it was good from page one.
The book opened with young lawyer (-surprised?-)straight out of college, Mitch McDeere, being interviewed by a big law firm. It turns out to be one of those jobs with a catch. You know, the ones that are too good to be true, and turned out not the way you hoped. Well, that's what young Mitch got into, and it almost got himself (and his wife) killed. Well, as he started working, everything was fine and dandy. But as he went on, he started to realize that his employers were rather nosey. Then he began to snoop around and found out about former employees who were "accidentally" killed.
As time went on, he realized that his law firm was corrupt. Well, the FBI, who had the firm under surveillance was trying to help Mitch get them evidence so they could indict this company. Well, it was rather hard for Mitch since he was caught in a blackmail that his employers held behind him. To make a long story short, (too late), Mitch had enough evidence and decided to take it to the FBI. Unfortunately, as he was about to do this, he was in his office. And a few rooms over, his employers realized what was happening. Mitch received a phone call and was warned that they knew. He took off running. If you saw the movie, that was the only accurate part it portrayed and it felt like you were reading the book. But once he left the building running from the companies chief of security and his men, this is were the movie went the opposite way as the book. Well, Mitch takes off running, and running, and running, along with his wife Abby and Brother Ray. The ending will not be spoiled here, but it was fairly surprising.
The Firm was great because the suspense was high. You will keep thinking, "Who are these people Mitch is working for?"... well, when you find out, you may be disappointed. It's very obvious and it's the usual enemy John writes about. Very stereotypical. But, even if you are not disappointed, that just adds to a great story. True - you can argue the plot wasn't exactly a deep brainteaser or anything, but it is still enjoyable.
So: the plot was good, but the character development kind of got lost in this story. But, again, it doesn't matter with this book.
One of the better characters in this book is Chief of Security De Vasher. On the flip side, the man from the FBI, Wayne Tarrance, was underdeveloped and another "generic" cheesy type character. The rest, including Mitch and Abby, are just average.
Alot of Grisham's books are the same, and some don't have killer plots. But not with The Firm. This one is fast reading! P.S. - And don't watch the movie first! They ruined it.