The Client Book Review
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 ten-years-old.
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 politics.
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. I felt really bad for Mark because he not only put his life in danger, but he put the lives of his family in jeopardy as well. This had to be a huge burden for him, one that I would never want to carry around on my shoulders.
One thing that I learned about criminal justice from this book is that someone can be put in a witness protection program and totally disappear, without any trace of them. I never knew how someone could go about doing that, and that they could make deals with the law like that.
A question that I would really like to have answered is what ever happened to the lawyer Reggie Love. Did she go into a witness protection program too? Or maybe she kept on practicing law, but did she move to get away from the mob? These are questions that I feel that John Grisham left unanswered.
I think that there could be very interesting sequel written. I think that the mob could end up finding the family somehow, and murder a member of Mark's family. That way, the whole story could develop and go into a whole different direction. In the end, Mark and Reggie could bring the mob to court somehow, and bring them down.
I definitely would not recommend this book to anyone who is into suspense. It was not suspenseful at all, you find out things in the first chapter that I think