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The Client by John Grisham

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The Client

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The Client by John Grisham takes place in Memphis, Tennessee. It starts out with a

little boy, named Mark and his brother sneaking into the woods to try and smoke

cigarettes. While in the woods, they witness a man kill himself. But before he does so,

this man tells Mark some very important secrets, which ends up putting Mark and his

entire family at risk of being hurt. This event ends up putting Mark's brother in a coma.

There are lawyers who keep on pressuring Mark to tell these things that he is not

supposed to know, except that the Mafia threatens to kill Mark and his family if they

tell the truth. This is because the secret is that the Mafia killed a Senator and buried

him in their lawyer's garage, and the lawyer is the person who commits suicide.

Since Mark didn't confess to the lawyers, he is put in jail until he admits this secret.

This is where he hires a lawyer named Reggie Love for the fee of one dollar. He

eventually escapes for jail and figures that the only way to really know if this is true or

not is if he goes and sees it himself. It is a coincidence though that the Mafia decides

to do the same thing. Mark and Reggie end up finding the body, and the mob finds

them. Mark and Reggie escape unharmed from the Mafia, and strike a deal with the

district attorney. It is that they will tell them where the body is, if they agree to put

them in a witness protection program, which is what they end up doing. Mark and his

family move to Arizona, and everything ends up being okay.

One of the main characters in this book is Mark Sway, a little ten-year-old boy. He is

strong willed, you can tell this because he keeps on going through all of this turmoil. He

also seems to be really smart, and he speaks like someone who's a lot older than


Another main character is Roy Foltrigg. He is the district attorney in the story. He has a

really big ego, and it seems like he's lazy. He always has a team of lawyers who do

everything for him, while he takes all of the credit. He seems like a typical man of


I feel that I didn't really learn too much from this book. But what I did learn is how

much witnessing a crime or knowing about a crime can affect your life. I never knew

what kind of power that the mob can have over people's lives. It was interesting to

learn this, and it makes me feel lucky that nothing like that has ever happened to me.



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