The Client Book Review Essay

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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.

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