Book Review : The Firm by John Grisham


The Firm- John Grisham
The Firm- John Grisham

For a lawyer, getting signed on by a big law firm with a paycheck that’s almost indecent to talk in public circles must be a dream come true. Add to that a swanky BMW being leased to you, a lovely home with a decorator, and perks that even some of the white collar folks don’t get and that’s your very own fairy tale in the making.

For Mitch McDeere it started like that. He loved his work, loved his wife, loved his home, basically he loved his life and himself to death. And death it was in the wings for him. As days pass, an uneasiness begins to creep in their minds but McDeere is so taken with his life, he hardly has the time to pay heed to such feeble nagging doubts.

Till Wayne Tarrane, special agent FBI comes along and plants some seeds of information that would make their feeble doubts grow into wild untamed weeds. With the bean stalk of doubt growing larger every day, Mitch does some digging about and opens a big can of worms that’s more trouble than is worth.

Trapped between the FBI and his outwardly calm but sinister employers, Mitch has to find a way to keep his and his wife’s life safe. What follows is a plot that keeps you turning pages.

Grisham is a gifted story-teller. He belongs to the school of writers who stuck to a linear narrative while weaving a complex web of turns and twists. His characters beseech you to empathise with them and, at the same time, marvel at their sheer audacity and genius in executing this con of cons.

It helps that Grisham himself practised law and has a knack for not going overboard with jargon.He is your ultimate racounteur of modern-day legal thrillers.

This is such a bestseller that there’s bound to be a copy of it at every and any bookstore. So, go grab your copy, take the day off and get hooked.


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