Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Client by John Grisham
" This is the story of eleven-year-old Mark Sway, who, as the novel opens, witnesses the bizarre suicide of a New Orleans attorney. Just before he dies, the lawyer tells Mark a deadly secret concerning the recent murder of a Louisiana Senator, whose accused killer, Mafia thug Barry Muldanno, is about to go to trial. The police, the federal prosecutor, and the FBI pressure Mark to tell them the attorney's last words, but he knows that with the mob watching his every move, revealing his secret will almost surely get him killed. So Mark, streetwise and old beyond his years, hires a lawyer: Reggie Love, a fifty-two-year-old divorcee who's been through more than anyone could imagine and survived, basically, because she's tough. And feisty. And loves helping kids overlooked or abused by the system. But when Mark's life is threatened, and Reggie discovers her office has been bugged, and even the Juvenile Court judge says Mark has no choice but to talk, she realizes that this time she's in way over her head. But then Mark comes up with a plan...a crazy plan, in Reggie's opinion, but it's their only hope. And it just might work."
Are you interested in reading it yet?! From the synopsis alone I was entranced and ready to take on this Grisham novel. I have to admit, he has become one of my favorite authors and I am slowly making it through all of the novels he has written. Grisham has a way of keeping his readers entertained, and this book did not fail to produce. It was suspenseful, gripping, and made me read until the end. Unfortunately, after much thought, it seemed a little unbelievable. The idea of what this 11-year-old, Mark, has been through is crazy. I don't believe there is a single 11 year-old who is mature enough to do what Mark has done, but I suppose I could be wrong. In conclusion, although this was a very entertaining novel from Grisham, I don't think the story he presented is quite believable in real life.