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John Grisham , Blair Brown
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20 Jan 1994
An 11-year-old child, Mark Sway, has discovered the dead body of a US senator, and is the only one who knows where it is. The FBI want the body and the killer wants the boy. Grisham is the author of "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief".

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (20 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185686331X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856863315
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 10.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,070,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career--and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, and The Associate) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 250 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500--the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

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With her sparkling voice and superb acting ability, Blair Brown gives an impressive reading of this John Grisham blockbuster. The story hinges on a young boy who gets an unwanted earful of murder and politics--and dangerous secrets about both--from a conscience-stricken mob lawyer bent on suicide. "I can tell you where the body is... the most notorious undiscovered corpse of our time". Just the kind of information most children don't need, especially when the snakeskin-wearing hit man finds out what he knows. Aside from musical cues scattered as superfluously as laugh tracks on a sitcom, the production quality is stellar, preserving the crispness of Blair's voice and the nuances of her excellent interpretation. --George Laney, Amazon.com

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"Grisham at his best.""--The Atlanta Journal""Engrossing . . . Grisham keeps the pages of "The Client" turning faster than lawyers can scribble on legal pads."--"San Francisco Chronicle""The desire to find out what happens next keeps the reader turning the pages. Grisham is an absolute master of the chase story."--"The Washington Post" "Heart-pounding . . . fast-paced."--"The Orlando Sentinel" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Grisham 18 July 2005
Format:Paperback
'The Client' is my favouraite Grisham novel. It is a gripping tale, this book is excruating to put down!
While two young boys are in the woods, a man who knows crucial information about a murder investigation tries to kill himself. The eldest boy Mark, a very mature child, tries to stop the suicide and suffers for it. He learns too much information and before long, he has the FBI hounding at his door whilst being attacked from the other side by the mafia. Luckily he stumbles over a lawyer who helps him crawl his way out of the mess.
This is an inspiring and touching read, perfect for holiday or just entertainment. Although all works by Grisham are fantastic, I would say this is one of the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone is always watching you 16 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Firstly I must admit to being a John Grisham fan,I have read nearly all of his work. This ranks amongst the best. Two lads are witness to an attempted suicide. One lad attempts to stop the suicde and ends up being caught and dragged into the car with the man. As the fumes fill the car the man tells the boy he was a lawyer for a mafia hit man and proceeds to tell the boy things the FBI would like to know. The boy gets out the car and the man kills himself. It is now a fight between the hit man and the FBI as to who gets control of the boy. A great story full of tension,twists and turns and it will keep you turning pages long into the night. I would have gave it five stars but no one is perfect - although this comes close.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!!!!! 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the best John Grisham book I've read (with the possible exception of "The Runaway Jury" - go buy it if you haven't already!)
The characters are interesting, moving, and involving, especially Mark Sway - the kid who knows the secret, and Reggie Love his small time, low paid, but heavy hitting lawyer.
This book is a pleasure to read, and I was unable to put it down - despite being quite long. It was almost as if I didn't want it to end!
The story is gripping and you really get into the plots and sub-plots, and the characters are very real.
Involving and entertaining throughout - I highly recommend this book (which is why I gave it a Five Crown rating). And though I would'nt advise you to do what I did - which was watch the movie after reading the book (don't watch it at all) - here's a tip: it does make the book better if you picture Susan Sarandon as her character 'Reggie Love' as you read it (she's much more convincing that way than with the badly written screenplay in the movie).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Client is a worthy read with an intriguing, thought provoking plot. The book manages to keep the readers attention well throughout and culminates in a predictable but exciting finale. I was again hooked after another of Grisham's legendary first chapters and consumed the book in a week. My only complaint is that Grisham placed too greater emphasis on description often holding up the story's flow. As a result I often found myself skimming pages in the middle section and feel that the book could have been significantly shorter. I have, therefore, given it four stars as opposed to its easily achievable five. However, don't let this deter you from reading it, as it really is a classy book. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and gripping from the start! 19 Aug 2014
By PFID
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Review: The Client by John Grisham

“The Client” has become my favourite Grisham novel. I thought that “The Runaway Jury” was hard to beat as a gripping tale, full of intrigue, humour and twists, but I found “The Client” very hard to put down. I was completely gripped from the start when two young boys in a wood try to prevent a man’s suicide. Mark Sway, the elder brother, soon has the FBI following him and the mafia threatening him and his family. Reggie Love is his remarkably engaging lawyer and, between the two of them, Mark and Reggie have some of the best dialogue in the book.

The story moves at a rapid pace and contains just enough legal information to make the tale credible without introducing any tedium. Grisham does a great job of showing how Mark is old beyond his years, and how Reggie manages to stay ahead of the powerful authorities that want to “own” her young client.

I became a John Grisham fan relatively recently and have read many of his books but this must be amongst the best. This book was an exciting and delightful read, and for a pleasant change I did not want it to end. I saw the film long ago and found that I could not avoid picturing Susan Sarandon as her character, Reggie Love, as I read the book. This did not harm my enjoyment at all and even though I half expected the end I still found it thrilling and fulfilling. A thoroughly entertaining and satisfying read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They are in danger 15 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think the book "The Client" is an exciting book
but the pictures in it are terrible.
The story is about a boy who knows a horrible secret. The Mafia follows him and his family. So they are in danger. Maybe you watched the movie but also you can read the book. It's thinn but if you like exciting Mafia and FBI stories you have to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
i have only just read this after many of his later books but i must say that this book is very good. an eight year old becomes traumatised and his brother is being hunted by the maffia. it was gripping from the first to the last chapter. i am a big fan of john grisham and anyone who wonders why should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 hours ago by J W GRAHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Loved the film and the book was just as good. An 11 year old (street-wise) boy and his brother witness the suicide of a very dodgy lawyer. Read more
Published 16 days ago by jaybe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
One of my first Grisham books and I was not disappointed.
Published 27 days ago by Doglett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still reading this book but great book so far
Published 1 month ago by volcanodc
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
A nice book to read.
I would suggest it definitely to someone for a pleasant time.
A very good choice
Published 9 months ago by evangelos
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mark was very loveable and the characters all brilliantly portrayed. Can't wait to read my next john Grisham.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs j bidwell
4.0 out of 5 stars good
really got me into crime novels, if you like grisham you'll like barclay and gimeneze (think thats how you spell it!)
Published 11 months ago by Laura Kate Gronland
1.0 out of 5 stars Headache? Runny nose? Sore throat? Take John Grisham and you're sure...
I read this while I was in bed with `flu. I'm clearly not squarely in the middle of the target audience but Grisham sells lots of books so there must be something good about him... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars The Client
Usual John Grisham style but kept me on the edge of my seat. Really pleased with it as I have been with all his books.
Published 12 months ago by Frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Client by John Grisham
Another winner from the master. No one can top his knowledge of the american legal system. Can't wait for his next book.
Published 12 months ago by Silver surfer
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