The Firm: A Novel
When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought that he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired the McDeeres a decorator. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray–doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail–already knew: You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch’s firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice–if he wants to live.
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I enjoy this book. as well as the movie well written and the movie was good as well.
“The Firm” is a legal thriller about Mitchell McDeere who graduated out of Harvard Law School and is then employed by a small but prestigious firm in Memphis- “Bendini, Lambert & Locke”. The story deals with how Mitch had to give up his posh life after learning of the truth of his firm and helps the FBI indict the firm along with Morolto family.
List of Characters
I. Mitchell Y. McDeere: The protagonist; a bright, keen young man who is “hungry” for success and partnership in the firm.
II. Abby McDeere: Wife of Mitch and a school-teacher at a prominent school. She is stressed by the long-working hours and the truth of the firm, but eventually helps Mitch escape.
III. Wayne Tarrance: An FBI agent who reveals the truth of the firm to Mitch. He is an organized crime specialist who is determined to indict the firm along with it the entire Morolto family.
IV. Ray McDeere: Brother of Mitch who is a convicted felon. He escapes prison with the help of the FBI. He is a great linguist in several languages who later aids in Mitch’s escape.
V. Oliver Lambert: He is the head of the firm. He is described as having kind, grey eyes and has earned the name of the “grandfather” of the firm.
VI. Nathan Locke: A senior partner in the firm who had served the Moroltos since the age of ten. He is evil, eccentric and described as having “black-laser eyes”.
VII. Eddie Lomax: An ex-con and a prison friend of Ray. He works as a private investigator for Mitch who is later murdered by one of Moroltos gunmen.
This story was a sizzler right from the opening pages, even as Mitch is about to be interviewed and the Managing partners are sizing him up in their chambers. This carries through as the interview progresses and they hook him with their irresistible offers.
As I read, I could feel Mitch's growing uneasiness which he fails to express to his wife Abby. But they both ignore these warnings and Mitch goes ahead and joins the firm. Sometimes certain things take their own course, probably what is termed as destiny.
Grisham's style of writing is unique. He keeps the readers totally hooked but it is not the fast paced heady action; however the story as it unfolds keeps you interested throughout. “The Firm” is not a complex character study. It is highly entertaining and well worth the ride.